T&T’s junior football teams have had more ‘Fortunes’ in the past, literally.
Following in the footsteps of veteran ace André Fortune Sr in the 1980s and 90s, the Fortune off-springs André Fortune II (Dré) and Ajani were also privileged to grace the red, white and black for T&T in the recent past, which is something their father never did.
The senior Fortune said he is super proud to see his boys play for the country, achieving a feat that missed him during his heydays. But their successes have now left him with much anticipation of a senior team pick.
As a midfielder, the senior Fortune represented John Donaldson Technical Institute in the Colleges League, as well as Alvin Corneal Coaching School, Maple FC, Cocorite Ball Giants and San Juan Jabloeth as a young player. He later moved to the United States, as a student-athlete at College, where he graduated with a degree in Political Science and Pre-Law.
Being a coach himself, both his sons Dré and Jay inherited his skills in the game and took off where he left off, moving on to youth clubs North Carolina FC and Atlanta United respectively as 16-year-olds before gaining national picks.
In 2013 Dré was selected by coach Shawn Cooper, to represent T&T at the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier Finals in Panama, where he created history by scoring to defeat Costa Rica in T&T’s only ever win against them at any level in World Cup qualifiers. A year later he was part of the 2014 Under-20 team that won the Caribbean Cup.
Dré currently plays for North Carolina FC in the United Soccer League (USL) and is desirous of representing the Warriors at the senior level one day.
Like his brother, Jay currently plays for Atlanta United in the US Soccer Development Academy League which he joined in 2018 after being evaluated and selected by their Technical Director Tony Annan.
He was also a member of Stern John’s Under-17 team which was booted out of Under-17 CONCACAF Championships at the quarter-final phase by Honduras earlier this month in the US.
Prior to joining Atlanta United, Jay played for Inter Development Fútbol (IDF), a club co-founded by André Fortune Sr. and his close friend Bakela Nare, a native of Zimbabwe, in 2011.