Kaizer Chiefs coach Ernst Middendorp believes Pitso Mosimane’s offered a misguided view on showboating.
The Sundowns coach slammed Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe for showboating during a loss 1-0 loss on January 15.
Mosimane was quoted: “ A good game, just upset with one thing that happened on the pitch, not good for football, it’s my opinion okay. I hope it’s not good for Molefi Ntseki because he’s here, you know what I’m trying to say? Okay the good thing is Fadlu (Davids) came and he apologised. You know it’s good for Maimane Phiri’s Games and Baba Mthethwa’s Games, we love it. Probably it’s going to be the flavour of the moment, kasi flavour but it’s the way it is. I don’t want to criticise or kill the youngster because he had a good game but it’s okay.”
The opinion was later followed by a storm of disagreements with Mosimane ranging from the likes of Mlunigisi Professor Ngubane, Lennox Bacela, Kethokwakhe Masuku and most recently Middendorp.
Though the German coach has previously seemed to be against the expression, the 60-year-old has explained when & how it can be applied.
“I was a little bit surprised to hear one of the most decorated coaches recently put this [showboating] in such a negative critical platform,” Middendorp via Phakaaathi.
“I didn’t understand it comes out of him. The important thing for me is in their own half running back doing this crap [showboating], sorry it doesn’t work for me.
“Someone will try and be clever by showing you a YouTube clip of Messi and Neymar doing it and they will say they do it all over the well. But they do it to eliminate one on one.
"They do it so they can successfully create a goal. When you find a reason to explain it to me why someone does this in their own half just to do it, then what is the purpose, you shouldn’t do it.
“I made it very clear sometimes players get carried away therefore don’t waste time and energy to talk about it just leave it,” Middendorp concluded.