Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Rakhale has without a doubt left a lasting impression on everyone in the local football fraternity. Jomo was brought on as a substitute yet again for the Sea Robbers last night in a 2-0 win over Chippa United in the Absa Premiership, and he entertained the crowd with his tricks and flicks.
Is Rakhale bringing back Kasi flavour? I think he most definitely is!
Surprisingly though, I am baffled that he is given the freedom to express himself this much, as in modern times showing skills and showboating has been frowned upon.
That could well be coach Eric Tinkler's local touch in the current Bucs squad. Under former coach Vladimir Vermezovic, skilful players were not given the freedom to showcase their skills because of the stern, European influence VV had on the team.
We tend to forget that this is what South African football is all about. It’s our culture and it’s something that will never leave the feet of Mzansi footballers - whether you like it or not.
I believe that every club needs one or two players who could attract the masses into the stadiums. Names like Sifiso Myeni and indeed Rakhale have that ability. In the past, the late Scara Ngobese and Steve Lekoelea blew fans away with their Kasi flavour on the ball. However, due to the European influence on the local game, the term ‘Diski’ or ‘Kasi flavour’ has been shoved aside.
No doubt, Rakhale has reminded everybody in South Africa what our football is all about.
He is definitely bringing Kasi flavour back!