Video: South African “Shibobo”


The song is Summer Rain by Bojo Mujo.
Simon Kuper takes us back to ‘ticky ticky’. South African lingo for footie skills developed under apartheid when sporting contacts were cut off. The game had passed by Bafana Bafana when SA was welcomed back into the world. Still, the showboating went on even as the national team struggled with any meaningful success. The isolationist mindset still exists.
Kuper: “The typical foreign coach lands in South Africa saying that the players there already have great technique, and that he will teach them discipline.It never quite works. The fans and players don’t want discipline. They want ticky-ticky, players who can do special South African tricks like the “tsamaya” or the “shibobo”.

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