Masibusane Zongo is arguably one of the most talented footballers to have been produced in South African football in recent times. Zongo returned to football action late on in the Premier Soccer League season, when he made a cameo appearance for Platinum Stars this week.
Known to be a show boater of note, Zongo draws comparisons to many footballers who played with flair and ‘Kasi’ flavour. Also, by now we know that Orlando Pirates winger Thabo Rakhale is an immensely skilful player, who also likes to showboat when given the chance to play.
Jomo has been doing well at Mayfair despite the attention, and looks to be a great addition to Bucs squad. So then, what could Zongo learn from Rakhale’s example and rise to fame?
Well, there is more to Rakhale than just his skills and technique - on his day can be a match winner. We can only have to look at his influence on the team when coming off the bench for the club to see that.
Like Jomo, Zongo could apply a more serious attitude to his play and only turn on the style when he has to do so, in a purposeful manner.
Also, Rakhale has been soaking up the pressure of becoming a star at such a big club like Pirates. After his famous ‘Yo-yo’ trick was widely publicised, he remained humble in suggesting that he did not expect such attention from doing a simple trick.
Now Zongo most likely knows he is a huge talent. When on song, he plays to the rhythm of the crowd. This is an easy situation to conjure up an egotistical mindset but, like Jomo, Zongo could well reach his full potential if he remains humble.
Bigger things are in store for these special players, do you think they could both learn from each other’s examples?