Orlando Pirates head coach, Jose Riveiro, who was leading the PSL All Star XI to the Carling Cup has shared his thoughts on the showboating of Kaizer Chiefs youngster Mfundo Vilakazi.
The 17-year-old said before the match that he wanted to impress the fans with his flair and showed some glimpses of showboating in the 2-1 win over Stellenbosch FC.
Riveiro, who has often stated that he wants players to express themselves when it has a benefit for the team, was asked about Vilakazi’s showboating and explained why he felt it was ok on the day, while giving the Chiefs youngster some advice along the way.
“The players that I used to work every day with them they know what I like, what I accept and what I don’t,” he said when asked whether he allowed Vilakazi to showboat.
“And even though they know sometimes it is in them, is in their nature, is what they are as football players. I’m not the person to cut their wings to say… I have to understand the players where I am and understand the context and the culture and it cannot be only just saying…
“But then we can discuss about if those skills can even a little bit more useful to make the team progress, to play a little bit more fast, but it’s not the the week to do it, it is not my responsibility with with the player that you mentioned [Vilakazi]. I’m not going to pretend to be his, how can I say, you’ve put me in a difficult situation as usual…
“I mean we know how the players use to express themselves and especially the youngsters. There’s a process also for him to for each and every player of his age to to capitalise even more the quality that they have, the technical skills.
“But like I said before in a scenario like this, if he needs also for his self confidence, you know to show who he is and feel more comfortable on the field maybe after a couple of tricks to say you know encourage himself I’m fine with that if it’s useful for the boy and in that case it was right.”