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May 22, 2018 11:09 AM

Why African Players Should Stop Emulating European And South American Footballers


African players, especially those who are still playing their football in Africa must stop idolising European and South American footballers. Here’s why.

Many PSL players idolise their European and South American counterparts, as is the case with Mamelodi Sundowns star Khama Billiat, who models his game around Cristiano Ronaldo. He even celebrates the way the Portuguese star does.

During the Nelson Mandela exhibition game between Mamelodi Sundowns and Barcelona, Billiat, Percy Tau and Themba Zwane didn’t come to the party.

These are the same players who played in front of capacity crowds, a CAF Champions League final and in the prestigious FIFA Club World Cup. One could easily say that against Barcelona, they suffered stage fright.

For example, both Tau and Billiat never had problems with their first touches before but on the night, it seemed as though nothing was not coming together for Billiat and co.

My point is that on the field of play, we can match big name players pound for pound even though they may look superior on paper. 

The only thing we need to do is to apply our own African mentality and stop wanting to be like them. During the days of the Vodacom challenge Cup, local players were used to playing against the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Spurs.

Playing in tournaments such as the Vodacom Challenge helped normalise our players when playing against these European giants and even managed to beat them on a couple of occasions.  

What do you think, should local players emulate top European talents or should they concentrate on their own style of play?


*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.


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So-Mathabo-KBY May 30, 2018 05:50 PM
You're drunk wena 2 minutes cowditor
mashilo1 Joined: 08 Aug 2014
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mashilo1 May 30, 2018 12:28 PM
Lol but playing with second string european team is totally different to playing with first team giant players. Stage fright will always be there asked Liverpool and Germany keepet
ominouskhosi Joined: 26 Aug 2015
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ominouskhosi May 30, 2018 09:48 AM
They must stop calling themselves by the european players names
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dlaminincamiso9 May 29, 2018 11:33 PM
Even Neymar had Messi as his role model which shows everyone has a role model so stop trying to get attention. All players even the European ones had role models
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Bans-Matiki May 29, 2018 09:06 PM
dnt tel us stories,ths is stories.the is nothing wrong there
Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi May 29, 2018 05:15 PM
Everybody has role models so nothing wrong mfanakithi
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Isishabasheki May 29, 2018 12:33 PM
Well said. They are no better than our boys, all our boys need do is believe, and coaches should instill that mentality
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Love-downs May 29, 2018 11:16 AM
Basically the editor says, African soccer players must stop dreaming big? Come on, it takes inspiration to get motivated in order to reach bigger dreams man. Let what is be what it is period!

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