Molefi Ntseki has responded to Pitso Mosimane's criticism of Fortune Makaringe after he was brought into the debate by the Sundowns coach.
During the match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns last week, Makaringe pulled off a trick that wasn't received well by Mosimane, who criticised the player and asked if the national team coach would allow such a thing.
Ntseki has since responded to those comments after attending the KwaZulu-Natal derby between Maritzburg United and AmaZulu.
"I think we should all understand that South African players they've got those skills, those qualities, and they will always express themselves that way," said the Bafana Bafana coach.
"Even though maybe from a professional angle you would be saying that it's uncalled for, but at that moment he felt like 'I'm going to lose the ball, let me do this'.
"But I think in terms of professionalism and respect to the game and your opponents, we should always be cognisant of such moments of the game."
The coach then defended Makaringe and believes the player didn't disrespect Sundowns or the game, instead it was just a moment of excitement that he believes didn't mean to harm anyone.
"So yes it was Fortune Makaringe but for me it was a spit-second moment, he didn't continue disrespecting the opponents and the game," Ntseki justified.
"But we always look at the game differently because if it's something we can easily correct and say to Makaringe 'this has got a negative effect on your game' he's not going to do it.
"By the way Makaringe has been with Bafana Bafana before so I think it was just during that moment of the game where he got excited and ended up doing that.
"But he's not that type of player who disrespects the opponents and the game itself."
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