Cavin’s take on Pirates showboating

Posted: 11 November 2018 Time: 20:00

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson says he had no issues with Orlando Pirates' players showboating in their Telkom Knockout clash at Moses Mabhida Stadium last weekend. 

Milutin Sredojevic's men entertained the fans with some cheeky interplay towards the closing stages of their 3-1 win over Usuthu in the TKO quarter-finals.

Johnson feels such a thing has its place in the game.

"Probably if I was leading the game I would have done it. It's an African thing, I have nothing against it," said Johnson, whose side conceded twice in extra-time after Bongi Ntuli cancelled out Thembinkosi Lorch's opener for the Soweto giants in Durban.

"But in some moments the players will get upset when you do that. Ja, maybe you can get a bad injury because naturally in football, the football we watch, the football we aspire to play, like anywhere else in the world, it's not done.

"But I accept it. I'm not going to condone it, but at the same time I like to do it against a TP Mazembe when you are leading because we don't show that enough to the world. So ja, we've got to be professional about it as well.

"Showboating is one thing but I like to encourage my players to showboat going forward. Showboating going backwards, it does nothing to the game. But showboating going forward is something else."

Meanwhile, Johnson is naturally unhappy to see his team at the bottom of the Absa Premiership standings with three points from 11 games, having been docked six points by FIFA in September for failing to pay their former player Phinheas Nambandi.

The KwaZulu-Natal outfit next host Polokwane City at King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Sunday.

"Relegation is not a nice word that I like to hear now," Johnson said.

"But in saying that, yes, we find ourselves there. The cup game, we thought it was going to keep us in the game. I like to play football every week but now we are going to have another mini pre-season before you play your next league game.

"But, ja, we are conceding goals and we are conceding soft goals. We are conceding goals that should not be scored and in the end you've got to get your defenders at their peak, because it's a moment of madness, or a moment of not concentrating correctly in the game.

"Because I always believe that a game is played in areas where you find yourselves three versus one, two versus one, four versus five. Those are the times where you are going to count the numbers, you are going to set yourself out correctly."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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