Thabo Rakhale was made famous for the yo-yo trick he pulled off against Chippa United not so long ago. That moved, which caused a stir internationally, was likened to the return of Kasi Flavour, and it now seems that Eric Tinkler is all for it.
Since European coaches started to take to the benches in the PSL, Kasi Flavour was swiftly eliminated from the game altogether. The coaches favored a more direct football approach and preferred that the showboating only take place once the result was in place.
Soon enough, the skills and tricks of the likes of Gift Leremi, Jabu Pule and Scara Ngobesi were no longer attempted by their understudies, however, is a revolution taking place?
It certainly seems so. Rakhale’s yo-yo has certainly spurred some of the PSL players to be more creative and there is an element of trickery that is creeping into the game… particularly at Orlando Pirates.
Mpho Makola, who is an attack-minded player and a natural skillful player himself, admits that Tinkler has given the Bucs players full permission to reinstall Kasi Flavour.
“Tinkler always tells us, especially the attacking midfielders like ‘Jomo’ (Rakhale), OUpa Manyisa and me, that if we want to do tricks, we must do them in the opposition’s half and do it for the benefit of the team,” he told Soccer Laduma’s issue 916.
“We don’t go out there thinking he’s going to shout at us, pull us off or drop us for the next game. That is the difference between Tikler and VV.”
It certainly is refreshing to see a coach devoted to improving the quality of the South African game. Do you think this is a positive?