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Makaringe responds to showboating criticism

Orlando Pirates midfielder Fortune Makaringe has at long last responded to criticism from Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane for showboating.

Makaringe sent the Orlando Stadium in to a frenzy with a never-seen-before piece of skill early in the second half of Pirates' 1-0 win over Sundowns in the Absa Premiership last month.

Mosimane showed his disapproval of what he claimed to be unecessary showboating by Makaringe and something that sets a bad example. But the 26-year-old playmaker believes there is nothing wrong with expressing yourself on the pitch.

"I can't shy away from expressing myself when the team has given me all the freedom to play and enjoy myself. Everyone at Orlando Pirates is enjoying their football. Maybe that is the difference between us and other teams," Makaringe told Radio 702.

"We are all having fun. People are there to be entertained. I played football because I needed entertainment. I was once a spectator and I wanted to see good football and be entertained. So, I feel like I am one of the special ones (players)."

Makaringe admits that he was inspired by the likes of former Buccanneers midfielder Teko Modise growing up, a player who was also not shy to entertain the fans.

"When I started playing football I loved Steve Lekoelea because he was one of the entertaining players at Orlando Pirates. Then later when I grew up I loved two players internationally and locally. They were both international players," he revealed.

"Teko 'The General' 'Donadoni' Modise and Ronaldinho. I always had a ball with me all the time even when I was going to the shops. I learned all the skills with the ball and stuff. I could just do anything with the ball. So, I was given the nickname Tekodinho.

"I loved Teko and he was my football role model and he was even playing for Orlando Pirates. On the other hand, I loved Ronaldinho because he made football look so easy. So, I infuse the two players. It actually happened so well."