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Zinnbauer: Showboating is part of South African football

Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe
Fortune Makaringe (Image copyright – Steve Haag Sports)

Orlando Pirates head coach Josef Zinnbauer says he will not try to curb South African players’ tendency to showboat with tricks during league games.

Image Copyright – Steve Haag Sports.

Fortune Makaringe pulled off a few eye-catching flair moves during Bucs’ 1-0 win over Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday night, which resulted in criticism from opposing coach Pitso Mosimane.

However, Zinnbauer insists he will not try to change his players’ natural flair and accepts that it’s part of the South African football culture.

“I saw my player, but maybe you heard the supporters [cheering at him]? Maybe [Thembinkosi] Lorch makes the same, maybe a Sundowns player makes the same, I don’t know,” said Zinnbauer, as quoted by Sowetan Live.

“I know a player, I think his name is Ronaldo, he plays in Italy [for Juventus], and you know him. He makes the same, and the supporters get happy.”

European coaches have often attempted to dissuade players from showboating but the German tactician is content to follow more of a ‘when in Rome’ attitude.

He added: “We cannot do much about this [show-boating]. I cannot say, ‘hey Fortune, no, please! I change you if you make these things!’ We are in Africa, not in Germany. South Africa, to be exact. Yes, I am from Germany and we are direct in our play, but I can’t change how things are done here.”

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