Lighting the league on fire!
Well, the second division (though known as the First division) of
South Africa..is it that much of an accomplishment? To me, it is.
FC Fortune. Sound familiar? Set up by the South African
footballer Quinton Fortune, formerly doing nothing for Manchester
United. The team was based in Cape Town, so it wasn't quite my
local town of Bloemfontein. Bloemnfontein Celtic..the team I was
aiming for. Ah, well, when I first started writing this I was off
to a decent start with 5 games played, 4 goals and 4 assists.
As I arrived in Cape Town, traveling with the small pocket change
that I got from some jobs back home. Calling them up recently
they said they'd be happy to give them a trial, adding that I'd
better not be wasting their time - I promised them I wasn't. 17
years old, and I would soon be signing a one year contract with
FC Fortune worth $1030 a week, which was great! I was absolutely
I was born in Ghana but raised most of my life in South Africa -
though I consider myself Ghanian and one day if the chance comes
I will play for the national team. But for now, I have to get my
career going. My best position is playing just behind the
striker, akin to someone like Zola or Bergkamp. I would score
plenty and assist plenty, with my vision and ability to see the
pass and shot I was told is fantastic, despite my slight lack of
control with the ball and pace. Newspapers were raving to the
point where even my family was hearing - I was the new young
talent in the country already, the new player everyone was after
- rumors of top clubs in South Africa being after me had already
started as I was knocking in my 5th goal in my 6th game, and
assisting the two others. Remarkable performance, according to
the newspapers - apparently I have to do the simple things more.
I guess they don't support FC Fortune!
So it was Spartak of South Africa vs. FC Fortune, and I had a
very average game, until half time. Some of the boys were putting
faith in me, saying that I was the one who could change the game
as we were going into the half tied 0-0..the next half, improving
my play into making some decent passes and eventually scoring the
winner after some nice play from my mates putting me through one
on one. I was loving the football, why would I want to be
My first hattrick came with two other assists in a 5-0 win, a
late penalty straight down the middle completing it, while making
friends with some of the mates. I didn't really party yet but I
did try some dating, lets just say it didn't work out too well.
My family would have to relocate more into the area, and the
money I was making helped us get a decent place in a nice
neighborhood near to the area where we train.
Then came my first red card - losing my cool, I slide tackled
from behind in a frustrating game, and was sent off, with the
media questioning my ability to control my anger. As soon as I
came back, I flew back into form, better than ever, getting
called up to my first match for Ghana in a 6-0 win over Algeria,
getting 2 goals and 2 assists myself. I couldn't believe I had
got called up so quickly! Even I didn't think I was EVER going to
be this sucessful, especially at the age I am!
I followed this up with a 3-0 win over Juventus of RSA in the RSA cup, scoring two making one assist, and considering my options. Media had been saying I was easily worth over 3 million. 22 games, 29 goals and
23 assists by the 27th of November, 2004, including a deal withg
Arrow shoes which would pay me 100 grand each year. I already had
almost 150,000 in my pocket, and this was coming from being a
little 17 year old with small change, who struggled to actually
get transportation for a trial! Amazing, isn't it?
To Be Continued...
Edit : Apologies for the way the post goes, I did it in a text file previously as the season went along, and copying and pasting made it look this way.
FIFA love to hate us - Chelsea FC
Hope I don't get in trouble for posting on a old thread. But its a good read. A long read. But a good read neverless. Are you going to update? I hope you do cause its pretty good.