Fortune lands major coaching role abroad

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Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune will work with the England Football Association this season.
Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune will work with the England Football Association this season.

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Quinton Fortune will work with the England Football Association this season after being appointed to the England Elite Coach Programme.

Fortune is continuing to fly the South African flag high in the United Kingdom where he was recently appointed to join the England Elite Coach Programme where he will assist the England Football Association in a coaching capacity across their various youth teams. 

The former Manchester United midfielder has enjoyed an active post-playing career in England where he previously served as an assistant coach for the Red Devils' U-23 team and for Cardiff's U-21 team, and most recently as a first team coach at EFL Championship side Reading.

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"There will also be coaching support from Gifton Noel-Williams, Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Quinton Fortune across the development teams, following their appointment on the FA’s and PFA’s joint flagship England Elite Coach Programme (EECP)," they said in a statement.

"The EECP was introduced by the FA and the PFA in 2017 to create opportunities for coaches from historically under-represented groups to work with the England national teams to gain international coaching experience at the highest levels of English football. The programme aims to build a bigger and more diverse coaching talent pipeline for the future."

Fortune is one of a number of former national team stars who are making strides in the coaching careers aboard, with Bafana Bafana record goalscorer Benni McCarthy serving as a first team coach at Manchester United, Bradley Carnell leading MLS expansion side St. Louis City SC and Steven Pienaar having worked in the youth ranks at Ajax Amsterdam.

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