Shakes: 'They all want to be midfielders'

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In the 22 October issue of Kick Off (edition 313), Mashaba gives his opinion on Pirates, Carlos Alberto Parreira, new Bucs coach Owen da Gama, football development, and South African society as a whole

“Before, when a kid did something wrong, the old lady living next door would give him a smack – and when the kid tried to explain to his parents what had happened, he would get another smack. That’s not the case nowadays.”

Always the disciplinarian, Mashaba opens up about some of the challenges facing clubs in today’s society. He also raises the issue of current players not being passionate enough about defending.

Mashaba questions the trend of most local players wanting to play in midfield, saying in his day players actually enjoyed defending.

Although professing to be “happy with his present role”, Mashaba also gives us a hint of what his future plans at Pirates might be …

For all this and the full face to face interview, get the latest edition of Kick Off – on sale now!