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Augusto Palacios on Thabo Rakhale criticism

Posted: 9 March 2016 Time: 11:35

Former Bafana Bafana coach Augusto Palacios has slammed the English media for criticising Thabo Rakhale’s skill during the Soweto Derby.

English publication The Daily Mirror called Rakhale’s skill towards the end of the game – when Orlando Pirates were leading 2-0 – a “pointless display of nonsense”.

But Palacios, Head of Development at Pirates, questions why the English don’t slam the likes of Ronaldinho and Neymar for the same thing.

“Football is a special game that goes with natural ability,” he tells

“The English media should not criticise what they don’t have. This is South African football, this is African football. It’s only Africa and South America that has such natural skill.

“Neymar and Ronaldihno are doing the same thing. Neymar is playing in Spain and people enjoy watching him. Why is it a problem when it’s done in South Africa?

“I don’t see anything wrong with Rakhale’s skill. Pirates were leading 2-0 and it was in opposition half. I encourage it as long it’s for the benefit of the team.”

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Article by: Ernest Fakude
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