Ronaldo sets eyes on Absa premiership yet remains optimistic for European leagues

GABORONE, Botswana, April 2020/ — Former Mochudi Centre Chiefs diminutive attacker, Ronaldo Fortune says he’s keen on his childhood dream of plying his trade in South Africa’s Absa premiership should his European move take him longer to pass. Currently he is based in the US where he is playing college football with Duluth FC.

Fortune joined the Duluth FC for the 2019 season, looking to use his club and collegiate experience to provide the BlueGreens with a new and deadly attacking option.

Fortune, who has played both wing as an attacking midfielder, was born in Botswana where he played for first division club Mochudi Centre Chiefs. He recently played collegiately with the University of Mobile. During his time in Mobile, Fortune won two Offensive Player of the Week awards and made the All-Conference Second Team.

Quizzed about his adaptation to the United States environment, Fortune seems to have settled well since arriving three years ago despite earlier challenges.

“My stay in the USA has been an experience I’ll never forget. I’ve been here for 3 years and not once have I felt out of place. It hasn’t been the easiest to adapt being far away from home and family but the team and technical staff have made me feel at home.

He lauds the high tactical acumen of college football and it has been an eye opener for him to be part of the set up. Fortune joins other Batswana players who have played in US college clubs among them Shono Bogatsu, Dipsy Selolwane and Edwin Disang amongst others.

“I believe the differences for me as a player having played in Botswana and currently in college in the USA, these would probably be the tactical structure and execution of the game as well as the expected professionalism off and on the field,” he said.

The 23-year-old is yet to get a national call up but he is optimistic that his hard work will pay off and ultimately represent the Zebras. Fortune is however grateful of many scouts in the US as he plans for a life outside college football.

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“I play in a country full of scouts that’s for sure but I also play in a place where millions of youngsters like me are trying to make it in the football world. My goal is to play in Europe one day. But ultimately it is just to play the sport I love. Like I said, my dream is to play the sport I love hopefully in Europe but wherever it takes me is where I will play, be it in South Africa or elsewhere. I believe in my dream and I believe I will make it and that’s thanks to way makers like Dipsy who is a legend in Botswana and South Africa. It has always been my dream to represent my country and one day I will achieve that dream.”

Fortune is looking at the coronavirus pandemic pass as his coach Daniel Whelan will be expecting a lot from him afterwards.

“Well under the circumstances I am doing good, just focused on next season in August. I personally train to make sure I am ready to start off the season right,” he concluded.

Fortune’s debut season with Duluth FC will present a new challenge, but one he looks forward to taking on. “I am always up for a new challenge to test myself with good or even better players to give myself a better chance at growing. I am very excited but also a bit anxious as it will be my first time traveling to Minnesota and to play for Duluth FC.”

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