Cape Town - Dribbling legend Mlungisi
'Professor' Ngubane has slammed Mamelodi Sundowns manager Pitso Mosimane
for his criticism of Fortune Makaringe for showboating in the defeat to
Makaringe sent the crowd at Orlando Stadium into a frenzy when he
produced a bit of theatrics with the ball at his feet in the second half
with the Buccaneers leading 1-0.
Mosimane mocked the midfielder when he did the same after the ball
came to him in his technical area while gesturing to the crowd that it
was still only 1-0.
The 'Downs tactician was scathing of Makaringe in his post-match
press-conference and Ngubane, who was revered in his playing days at
Durban Bush Bucks for his trickery on the ball, feels the comments were unnecessary as the Pirates midfielder did not lose possession.
“What Pitso said didn’t and still doesn’t sit well with me. All that
the boy from Pirates was doing was expressing himself, because of the
confidence he had and self-belief. Pitso criticised him and invited the
attention for the boy to imply that what he did was wrong," Ngubane told
“Pitso himself is coaching the Brazilians. Next thing, his player
(Thapelo) Morena struggles to control the ball while on his own in front
of him (Mosimane) on the line. I don’t know why Pitso is doing what he
is doing. He is copying this from coaches from places like Scotland who
don’t use these skills. Coaches from England know about skills because
George Best and others used to play like that. I’m disappointed that we
are killing our own.
“I was very happy to see Makaringe doing what he did. He was
entertaining people and they were leading (1-0). Furthermore, he had
been part of the buildup to their goal earlier on. The boy performed
that at the right time as there was no one putting him under pressure.
He didn’t lose the ball, as he passed it to his team-mate afterwards.
What is the problem with Pitso? Why is Pitso doing what he is doing? We
used to play the same kind of football, were we crazy? Was Jomo Sono
crazy? Was Teenage Dladla crazy? This is our football! Maybe playing in
Africa has started to confuse him to a point that he has forgotten about
where he comes from.
"I didn’t like what he did. Pirates were leading and were dominating
Sundowns, who were trying to come back, and the boy is telling them,
‘Listen, you won’t come back. We are in control here. This is Orlando.’
You perform those kind of skills to send different messages.
Sundowns were trying to take over the control of the game from Pirates
and the boy performed that skill, and I couldn’t help but laugh and
said, ‘This is the football we know’.
“We had just been happy that the Cape Town City player (Bradley
Ralani) put the ball through the legs of a Kaizer Chiefs player (George
Maluleka). He was killing Chiefs and they were unfortunate that they
ended up losing. It’s not called showboating. For the first time,
Sundowns were forced to play long balls last night because Pirates were
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