Cape Town - Orlando Pirates head coach Josef
Zinnbauer says he will not try to curb South African players' tendency
to showboat with tricks during league games.
Fortune Makaringe pulled off a few eye-catching flair moves during
Bucs' 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night, which resulted
in criticism from opposing coach Pitso Mosimane.
However, Zinnbauer insists he will not try to change his players'
natural flair and accepts that it's part of the South African football
"I saw my player, but maybe you heard the supporters [cheering at
him]? Maybe [Thembinkosi] Lorch makes the same, maybe a Sundowns player
makes the same, I don't know," said Zinnbauer, as quoted by SowetanLive.
"I know a player, I think his name is Ronaldo, he plays in Italy [for
Juventus], and you know him. He makes the same, and the supporters get
European coaches have often attempted to dissuade players from
showboating but the German tactician is content to follow more of a
'when in Rome' attitude.
He added: "We cannot do much about this [show-boating]. I cannot say,
'hey Fortune, no, please! I change you if you make these things!' We
are in Africa, not in Germany. South Africa, to be exact. Yes, I am from
Germany and we are direct in our play, but I can't change how things
are done here."
- TeamTalk Media