Bafana Bafana legend, Mark Fish, thinks that going to play football overseas is more of a test in character than playing in the Soweto Derby.
The 41-year-old began his career at Jomo Cosmos before making the switch to the Buccaneers in 1993, where he enjoyed arguably the best football of his career.
In 1996 he made the move to Italian Serie A outfit Lazio and after only a single season in Italy he moved to England to join Bolton Wanderers and thereafter Charlton Athletic.
Fish spoke to Soccer Laduma about the challenges of making the move overseas, indicating that it doesn’t compare to testing yourself by playing in the local derby.
“Do you want to be the hero? Do you want to have all the nice cars, girls running after you and the lovely sunshine weather we have here in South Africa? Or are you bold enough to go there and maybe sit in the cold and miss your family?” Fish said.
“When things are a little bit hard, that’s when the true character shows, not playing here and running out in a local derby. That’s not where your character is tested. And not only as a footballer, but also as a person.”
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