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Rakhale – That’s How I Play, That’s How I Grew Up

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila midfielder Thabo Rakhale says he has never been bothered by those who have criticised him for ‘showboating’.

Rakhale was speaking to Lethabo Kganyago in Edition 11 of iDiski Times.

The skilful Rakhale, who joined TTM this season the season, says that sometimes people misunderstand his intentions, and his use of skill is often a time-wasting tactic, much like how some players take the ball into the corner late in a game.

“Not at all, because if you check we’d be winning when I’m doing that,” Rakhale told iDiski Times exclusively.

“The only times people say I’m showboating is when my team is winning.”

“Here in South Africa, we focus on European leagues, those European players when their team is winning they take the ball to the corner to delay time. But when I’m doing what I’m doing, and I play to my teammate and I don’t lose the ball while these guys lose the ball at the corner and it becomes the opponent’s ball. So with me, they will say its showboating and the very same people from Europe would be the ones criticising me, and they are getting support from our people.”

“It doesn’t bother me at all because I had coaches who would be giving me a hard time with that, but I’d be showing them that, ‘coach I did not lose the ball’. The good thing is that some local coaches know what I can do on the field. There are also players who play like me and they did not last in the PSL, but here I am today.” 

“That’s how I play, that’s how I grew up, like that, that’s what got me in the PSL. What I’ve changed is my listening skills, because before I used to do things without listening to a coach but now I play for the team.”

Read Rakhale’s full interview in Edition 11 of iDiski Times.

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