Former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates star Stanton Fredericks was known as a trickster and, has now commented on English media slamming Thabo Rakhale’s showboating in the Soweto derby.
'Jomo' used some bits of outrageous skills in the final minutes of the game when his side was already leading their bitter rivals 2-0.
English publication, the Mirror, slated Jomoroski’s actions as “disgustingly outrageous showboating” and “wonderfully pointless display of nonsense”, but Fredericks insisted they have a complete different football culture.
“You know the story is coming from an English tabloid and every country has different passion or likes in football,” he told Soccer Laduma.
“In England the culture is direct football, when I talk of England I mean English players. Very strong, straight-forward and hard type of football. Somebody going down in a 50-50 tackle, their fans get great joy out of it.
“It’s an English tabloid and when they see somebody dribbling, they are immediately labelling it as showboating.
“But when you look at football from a South African point of view – I was at the stadium – and our culture, if you go back in history books of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, players used to entertain the crowd.
“And what Rakhale did was to entertain the crowd. For me as an observer, it’s nice, it’s exciting, you are bringing the football to the fans.
“Personally I am a big fan of dribbling and even showboating, if it helps moving forward, if it is take on a player, beating the guy and making a forward pass.
“I’m more a fan of effective dribbling what Neymar and Messi are doing. You are dribbling, you are using your God-given talent, but as an advantage for the team.”