SuperSport United midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane believes 'kasi flavour' has to take backseat in PSL
Posted: 1 March 2017 Time: 21:09
Veteran midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane believes fans must embrace the reality that professional football has out grown the celebrated yet unproductive township style that some are still clamouring for.
With a playing career that has stretched to within three months of his 35th birthday 'Yeye' is not shy to raise his voice about the fact that the business structure of the game now has little room for ‘kasi flavour’ usually witnessed in township tournaments.
Having seen careers of plenty of those whose skills have charmed the man on the street fizzle out the SuperSport United midfielder is brutally honest with his views.
“The fans want a way of playing football which is that kasi type of football but then we are now in business. More and more money is being poured into this business,” says Yeye in opening his debate.
“According to me 70% of the players in the PSL can play the kasi way of football but now because this is work and business for us we must be able to mix the kasi way and the business way of playing football.
"Unfortunately the kasi way suffers because of the business side of our job. So we then tend to focus more on the business because that is our bread, if you do the kasi way and they (opponents) take the ball and score who suffers? Our families suffer so it is business and how people in the kasi want teams to play it is a bit difficult for us players to play that way. We can’t play the way people in the kasi want us to play anymore,” he contests.
True to Yeye’s reasoning the famous township football masterminds like Tshepo Matete have found it difficult to remain relevant in the professional game with coaches preferring productivity over extravagance.