Jomo Cosmos owner and coach Dr Jomo Sono has weighed in the hot debate involving Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane and Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe.
Mosimane couldn’t hide his disapproval when Makaringe showed his skills during Wednesday’s Absa Premiership encounter between the two sides.
“Ha!ha!ha! It’s Kasi flavour, Kasi flavour Baba,” Sono told FARpost.
“Let the boys dance, baya dancer abafana (the boys are dancing). You know I think sometimes certain things in football, with the experience I have, you let them pass and not even entertain them. I mean if what the boy did was to…maybe there was an opponent in front of him, maybe I would say it’s disrespect…if there was an opponent in front.
“But because there was nobody, the boy was enjoying himself. Maybe this is what makes him to be on form, maybe he has to do that for him to be on form. I don’t think it was that much of a showboating because he had done it at Maritzburg (United) before, I’ve seen it…Yesses!
“He did it for a long time and trap it with his knee and spin around. If it’s good for Pirates, if they can get points by doing that let them get points. We are different, other people need to do something different to get their form,” said Dr Sono.
“I know football has changed, I also used to stand on the ball. Do you remember that I used to stand on top of the ball? But football has changed you know and nami when I stood on top of the ball I felt my blood boiling, wanting to play more.
“Football has changed but I’ve seen players like Messi putting the ball through other players’ legs. I have seen Ronaldo doing four, five, six, seven step – overs in front of an opponent. I don’t think there’s that much of a difference between a step over that is made by Ronaldo seven times, and what this boy did. I think it was blown out of proportion,” he insisted.
“Sometimes things like these they happen in football. I don’t know if there’s a difference…maybe the experts are in the Premier League, us we are in the GladAfrica Championship, maybe we are not football experts but, maybe the experts can decide if the one from Ronaldo and the one he (Makaringe) did is there any difference na? I remember there’s one goalkeeper from Colombia during a World Cup, they hit a ball to him, he didn’t catch it but dived and hit it with his two feet (did a scorpion kick). And he became popular, he became famous, he made a lot of money with adverts. So the only thing I can say is we have to find out if there’s a difference in what is done by Ronaldo with his many step overs and this one that was done by this boy.
“I loved standing on top of the ball, especially playing against Kaizer Chiefs because they made (Sylvester) City Kole follow me the whole ground. By doing that I was playing mind games to Kole, sending a message that you won’t touch me I will even stand on top of the ball. So that made me to be on form.”
By Staff Reporter