‘Masuku’s skills should be encouraged’

Kaizer Chiefs

Masuku was in his element as Pirates beat Golden Arrows 4-0 in the Telkom Knockout at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.

The Soweto-born midfielder kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with his silky skills and had the Arrows defence eating out of his hands for just about the whole 90 minutes.

Watch a video compilation of Masuku's skills here!

Masuku also had a hand in three of Pirates’ goals on the night.

The 28-year-old’s actions brought him in for criticism from some fans, while others were highly impressed.

But former Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana coach Dumitru says Masuku’s skill is something that coaches should admire.

“Masuku’s ‘trick’ is nothing but a natural expression of his inborn creativity – a ‘biologic need’ if you like,” Dumitru said on Facebook.

“It has nothing to do with ‘showboating’ or indiscipline. Those who study human forms of artistic movement or emotional expressions would understand it.

“To some players this need to express a positive feeling through creative movements – ‘tricks’ – is more powerful than others’ and should not be labelled as an attempt to please the crowd.”

Dumitru recalled his golden days with Chiefs when the late Emmanuel ‘Scara’ Ngobese blossomed under his tutelage and helped Amakhosi to the League trophy.

“The late Scara Ngobese used to do it in training, with no spectators, and as I heard Cristiano Ronaldo does it too. Let’s get rid of old stereotypes and a rigid mentality.”