Khethokwakhe Masuku shocked with booking for showboating in Macufe Cup
Posted: 14 October 2017 Time: 14:00
Bloemfontein Celtic right winger Khethokwakhe Masuku has no intention of giving up showboating despite his booking in the Macufe Cup clash with Kaizer Chiefs.
Masuku was shocked to receive a yellow card in the friendly contest after toying with the ball at Free State Stadium last weekend.
As per FIFA rules, any action that seeks to humiliate or bring the game of football into disrepute is unsporting behaviour and therefore a cautionable offence.
Masuku sees no harm in his actions.
"I also didn't believe it when I saw the referee giving me a yellow card," Masuku tells KickOff.com.
"I was shocked when the referee blew the whistle, for a moment I thought someone was injured but when I looked around no one was injured, but I was shown a yellow card. I asked, 'What is it now referee?'. His response: 'Why uma nebhola? Why ngima nebhola?' I asked him. Then I said, 'No way referee, there is no such a thing in football and decided to leave him there.
"Even now I don't know what is it that he was trying to say. I think it's uncalled for because I'm not harming anyone, not hurting any player. I'm not doing anything wrong, it's entertainment of which everyone needs. I don't see anything wrong with what I did. The coach said nothing to me, everyone was happy. I don't know if there is such a thing in football rules, I don't know, I'm still gonna do it. I've been doing it since from my Black Leopards days, everyone knows about it. It seems just that I haven't been getting game-time."
The former Orlando Pirates midfielder doubts showboating has cost him regular game-time under his various coaches.
"No, I don't think so. Because like if you can check the time I'm doing it, it's at the right time. That was just a charity game, it's entertainment. So in official games you've never seen me doing this out of the blue."
The 32-year-old insists his tricks are not intended to be disrespectful to opponents but merely aimed at entertaining the fans. He feels other skillfull players like Thabo Rakhale and Sipho Moeti also sometimes get a raw deal.
"Because that's what they [fans] came to the stadium for, they want to see football which is something that they are denied these days...flair. Sometimes we need to take it back to the roots. So I'm still going to give them what they are looking for. The fact that who is saying what... I don't care, I will not get involved.
"There is not enough appreciation; supporters though do appreciate us. Even some of the coaches they like what we are doing but others don't. I don't know in their mentality what is it that they are trying to imply, but as for me that's how I am. It's what I am, even Moeti himself, it's the way he is because I grew up with him. Even in Kasi we played together, he is my friend together with Thabo Rakhale. That's how we are... boys from Vaal. Rakhale is from Vaal, then Moeti is also from eKasi, we grew up together, we played together. Linda Shiba, if you can check all those players.
"And it's not like I'm the player that can't score goals. I score goals, I create opportunities. People that understand my style of play are able to play with me. If you can check even at Pirates people would move every time I started doing my thing. A pass would come through, goal! Whenever I do this this thing the stadium shakes, opponents gets confused. I bring the team to life, the game gets hot. If you can check in the Macufe match where I got a yellow card... okay I only got little time to play but then what happened there, it brought everyone to life. Everyone started looking for the ball, even fans from both teams woke up to show that they are also missing this thing in football. It's something that they love, so I'm still gonna give them what they want."
Masuku has a message to the referees regarding 'flair'.
"To the referees that still wants to stop this flair... it's fine, continue doing what you are doing. But up until they (FIFA) include it in the rules that the flair is not allowed inside the pitch that's when I will say, 'Okay it's fine.' But as long as there are no rules against the flair, I'm still gonna do it again and again."