A Fish That Has Found Wa­ter

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Ire­mem­ber when I first met Mark Fish. It wasn’t a long in­ter­ac­tion, as he ran past me in a blur of speed and skill, and pro­ceeded to do the same to the rest of our Un­der-12a foot­ball team. It was at pri­mary school, and the Waterk­loof Pri­mary foot­ball team was play­ing Sun­ny­side Pri­mary in the league fi­nal at the Cale­do­nian Sta­dium in Pre­to­ria.

Sun­ny­side were fa­mous for one thing – they had Mark Fish, a deadly striker in those days. Phys­i­cally, he looked like a man among boys. Tech­ni­cally, he def­i­nitely played as a man among boys. I later called Fish a team­mate at Ar­ca­dia Shep­herds Foot­ball Club. And then he dis­ap­peared into the pro­fes­sional ca­reer we all knew he would make a suc­cess of.

But now, years later, the man sit­ting in front of me has a young daugh­ter pot­ter­ing around him, ev­ery now and then putting her

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