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How Fish Went From Striker To Defender

Mark Fish is one of South Africa's most iconic defenders, but did you know that he initially started out as a striker? Here is how he switched to defence, where he became an authoritive figure in the backline…

The former Orlando Pirates centre back spoke to an English blog called Shoot The Defence about his career in South Africa and abroad, and he revealed how Jomo Sono was the man who made him switch positions.

Fish was originally scouted as a striker for Arcadia Shepherds before his big move to Jomo Cosmos, and after his new team went down to 10 men in a match, he was forced to move to the back.

"I grew up playing as a striker. Phil Masinga moved to Leeds United with Lucas Radebe, but he was the striker at Jomo Cosmos," revealed the 42-year-old.

"The owner Jomo Sono bought me in to replace Phil, and unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, our central defender got sent off during the semi-final of a cup game.

"Sono decided to play me at the back, and little be it known, I never played up front again. I suppose that is how it works out and it helped my career as a defender.

"From the age of six playing as a striker to the age of 18, when I eventually became a defender, I understood the movements and the difficulties they made for defenders.

"The people who saw me at amateur levels would have seen that I was a forward player of some sort because I enjoyed going forward. That was my trade, and that is why, in South Africa, the fans enjoyed watching my football."

This is interesting! Did you know this about Mark Fish?


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