South Africa's national U17 head coach, Molefi Ntseki, has his say regarding the much-debated topic of showboating doing the rounds in the football fraternity at the moment.
The Amajimbos coach is of the opinion that there is no place in football for showboating, but indicated that if skills can be used constructively then it is an aspect of the game that should be encouraged.
“When you talk of showboating, I don’t think it has a place in football. Immediately you say ‘showboating’, it means it doesn’t have a tactical or technical objective. It’s just showboating. But if you talk of manipulation of skill in overcoming a football situation, I am for it,” Ntseki told Soccer Laduma.
“I would love to have more of our players expressing themselves if ever the product will be manipulating the ball with the aim of overcoming the situation. The problem I have with the way footballers normally speak is this thing of saying, “The coach gave us permission to express ourselves.” Express yourself to do what? Express yourself to overcome which football situation? Express yourself to gain advantage over what?”
“If ever in expressing yourself you are getting advantage and you are getting a positive product out of that expression, I am for that. But if you are telling me of showboating and it doesn’t have a positive end-product, then, as an individual, I have a problem with that. That is why our football is not growing in the direction of the demands of modern trends in the game,” he added.