Today, Mamelodi Sundowns continue with their CAF Champions League journey as they face Wydad Casablanca in Morocco. The defending ABSA Premiership League holders are sat in second place in Group C, three points behind leaders Casablanca. Pitso Mosimane will be hoping to level matters at Stade Mohammed V.
However, on home soil, the Brazilians have played two matches where they have drawn one and won the other against Polokwane City, where midfielder Themba Zwane had the supporters cheering from the stands and made headlines for his outstanding skills on the night.
SportPesa ambassador, Doctor Khumalo, who also left defenders hanging during his heyday, has shared his views on Zwane and has praised him for the incredible performances that he has shown so far.
“Themba Zwane had to apologise to Sibusiso Mbonani of Polokwane City after his successful use of skill. This has since brought up the ‘showboating v skill use’ debate. As one of those who thrived on using my God-given skills, that Zwane move gave me goosebumps, while others see it as showboating.
“When you look at the situation, the ball was almost running out of play but Themba controlled it so well. In coaching, the lines marking the parameters of the field are referred to as defenders. If the ball goes out it means you’ve lost possession. That means Themba had two defenders in the field parameters and Mbonani, who came charging at him.
“He used his skill to get himself out of a tight situation, something that can only be done by skilful players. That’s not showboating at all because he even went on to create a goal-scoring chance, although his final pass couldn’t reach the intended recipient in Lebohang Maboe. Showboating is when you juggle the ball standing in one place, put the ball on the back of your neck and (doing) all these funny things playing to the gallery, not when you use your skill to get out of a tight situation.”
Khumalo went on to speak about the conversation that he had with ‘Mshishi’, as the player is affectionately known, before the match against Rise and Shine. To read what went down in the conversation between the Bafana Bafana legend and Zwane, get yourself a copy of this week’s Soccer Laduma, issue 1086 at your nearest store!