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Fortune lands job in Mexico

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune has landed a job as assistant coach with Mexican giants Chivas.

The 45-year-old will reunite with his former Atletico Madrid teammate Veljko Paunovic, who was appointed by the Liga MX side earlier in the month to revive their flagging fortunes ahead of the start of the 2023 Clausura tournament, which kicks off in January.

The two also worked together at English Championship side Reading, where Fortune was first team coach.

According to the club’s official website, Fortune’s “role within the coaching staff will be very much focused on individual player improvement, which will directly impact collective performance. Let's not forget that [sporting director Fernando] Hierro has emphasized how important it is to improve each of the pieces along the way, so there is a lot of congruence in this decision.

“In addition, Fortune, who in his playing career played for Manchester United and Atletico Madrid, in addition to playing in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups with the South African national team, will be in charge of fixed tactics. This is something that has become very important worldwide, as it is becoming more and more common for teams to do damage in this way, and a resource that Chivas needs to strengthen.”

Chivas are, along with Club America, the biggest club in Mexico, but have not won a title since 2017. They managed just five wins in the 2022 Apertura season.


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