Happy Birthday, Feeesh!!!

by Brenda Taylor

Star Bafana Bafana defender Mark Fish is celebrating his 45th birthday today. Let’s throwback back at his days as a Bafana Bafana defender.

Mark Fish started his career playing for Arcadia Shepherds, an amateur club based at the Caledonian Stadium in Pretoria. While playing for Arcadia Shepherds he was spotted by then Jomo Cosmos coach Roy Matthews and started his professional at Jomo Cosmos as a striker. It was at Cosmos that he converted into a left back and went on to become one of the most promising defenders in South Africa at the time. After Cosmos were relegated in 1994 Mark Fish was signed by Orlando Pirates. Fish made 110 appearances for Orlando Pirates.

Mark Fish made his international debut for Bafana Bafana in a friendly match against Mexico on 6 October 1993. He was a crucial member of South Africa’s victorious Bafana Bafana squad who won the 1996 African Cup of Nations. He scored one of the goals in the quarter-final match against Algeria at the African Cup of Nations. Mark Fish was named in the Team of the Tournament twice, in both the 1996 and the 1998 African Cup of Nations. Mark Fish scored 2ce during his 62 appearances for Bafana Bafana, the 2nd time during a world cup qualifier against Malawi in June 1996. Mark Fish’s last appearance for the South African nation team was in a World Cup qualifier against Ghana on 20 June 2004.


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