Contrary to popular belief, Orlando Pirates coach, Vladimir Vermezovic, gives his players the freedom to express themselves and show off their skills, as midfielder, Mpho Makola, reveals in the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, issue 884.
When asked if he was given the freedom by the coach to showcase his talent, 'Bibo' said that it is only a misconception that VV shuns the idea of being expressive when playing.
“There’s this misconception that coach VV restricts the players expressing themselves on the field of play. The coach always tells us that we can try to dribble our way past players in the opponents half, but it’s a definite no-no in our own half,” he told the Siya crew.
On the same sentiments, Makola voiced his opinion on the matter of the Soweto Derby lacking flavour and that special players are hard to come by.
“Derbies need players like Jabu (Pule) Mahlangu and Steve Lekoelea, the game breakers. These days Chiefs and Pirates no longer have players like that. I remember when growing up I used to look forward to watching players like Doctor Khumalo and Tebogo Moloi, and then later Pule and Lekoelea.”
“These players used to use their skills to entertain the crowds and also change the complexion of the game. Derbies really need players like that,” he added.