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OPINION: Ending the ‘showboating’ debate

Posted: 17 August 2015 Time: 13:42

There is a feeling that we should remove the word ‘showboating’ from the South African vocabulary and celebrate our skill.’s Mark Herman asks readers to put the debate to bed.

Since Pitso Mosimane opened up the Masibusane Zongo can of worms, the ‘showboating’ debate has almost been exhausted, but allow me to add some final food for thought as we look forward to more ‘kasi flavour’ and ‘diski nine nine’ in the upcoming games.

To cut a long story short … there are two schools of thought regarding ‘showboating’ in South African soccer.

1) Skill in whatever form or context is what separates Mzanzi football from the rest, it can be effective or entertaining, and we must celebrate our identity.

2) Skill must be performed effectively on the field to help create scoring chances, or ‘showboat’ only when your team is winning.

POLL: What is your opinion of 'showboating'?

Whichever side you take, have a look at the video below and skip to 0:10 seconds to see Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Pule Ekstein against Chippa United on May 9 at the end of last season. Ekstein came off the bench in the 75th minute and Amakhosi, already champions, were 2-0 up.

Disclaimer: I like Ekstein, he’s a talented player and the composure and finish he showed to score against Maritzburg United in the MTN8 was great, so this article is not intended to single him out. I could just have easily used Thabo Rakhale 'Johnny Walker' against the same opponents last season, although that was already done to death. (At the time I argued that Rakhale wasn't showboating.)

That being said, I would like to pose the following question to readers:

1) What do you think about what Ekstein/Rakhale were doing?
2) Is it ‘unsporting behaviour’ as ex-referee Jerome Damon claims?
3) Would you go to stadiums more often to watch this?
4) Would you prefer to see more goals scored in the final 15 minutes, or to watch more players showing off their tricks?

Please have your say in the comments section or write your own Reader’s View article. You can send it to and if it’s on point, it might be published.

Twitter: @KickOffHerman

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