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Moosa: Today, The Football Is Very Mediocre

Zane Moosa has answered the rest of your questions! Today, he discusses why showboating is important, the effect of apartheid on our football, and the introduction of big money to the game.

Why is showboating is important for our football? – Sekgantsi

Zane Moosa: Look, I used to do it. But I was also a player who could penetrate play, go forward and make something happen, that was my strength. I also saw myself as an entertainer. When people go to the stadium, they want to enjoy themselves. You want those players with those personalities. That's what you pay your money for.

To be honest, today, if you miss a game and only hear the result, then you didn't miss much. That entertainment factor is gone. You may get a few moments that excites you. For me, today, the football is very mediocre, it's boring.

I grew up watching players like Ace Mnini and Teenage Dladla, you enjoyed watching them play. You got excited to go to the game and when they touched the ball, you heard the fans go wild. These days, the players don't even have nicknames.

The showboating thing is good, but, of course, there is a time and place. But I didn't play much in the national team because of my showboating, but the fans loved it, although it didn't sit well with everyone.

Do you think apartheid robbed South Africa of a potential Ballon d'Or or, at the very least, an African Footballer of the Year winner? – LAPO_MOLEBATSI

ZM: That's difficult to say. If players haven't competed with other players, we don't know how good they really were, we can't compare. You have to see players play against each other. You can say we had players with the potential but football is all about the performance and competing with the best. There were great players of yesteryear but football has changed, it's like comparing Messi with Maradona.

Is the beautiful game still beautiful since the introduction of big money? – Messonaldo

ZM: Look, football will always be the same. We love the game, we watch the game. The basics of football and a good player will always be the same. The answer is in my previous question, though. Times have changed, it's changed in music too. It's changed in boxing too. The boxers of yesteryear, we used to wake up at four in the morning to watch Sugar Ray Leonard, and nowadays we have Mayweather, who is good technically, but he is not entertaining to watch. It's the same in football, these days it seems you just need the score and that's good enough. There is not as much flair and skill as there was before.

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