Themba Zwane: 'My Celebration is for My Boys'

“I do it for my boys and they say since I started celebrating with that dance I have been scoring more regularly. So they say I mustn’t stop doing it. You know how it is in the townships, people just create their own things out of nowhere and that’s exactly what happened with this dance,” Themba ‘Mshishi’ Zwane explaining his unusual goal celebration. 

The 27-year-old has experienced a riveting 2016/17 season under the mentorship of Head Coach, Pitso Mosimane, as the Brazilians just missed out on clinching the Absa Premiership league title.
Themba Zwane

Zwane has scored nine goals in all domestic competitions for Sundowns in the 20161/7 campaign and when hitting the back of the net, the player celebrates in a rather unusual way with his teammates and in particular Percy Tau.

Mshishi has since revealed to Soccer Laduma the reason for his celebration by saying, “Ha, ha, ha, that’s a random kasi celebration, man. We call it the ‘Zombie dance’ and my boys from ekasi always want to see me do it whenever I score.”

For a long time, goal celebrations were merely a routine act for a goal scorer, nothing really special. However, that was all to change significantly, when at the 1990 World Cup in Italy, a then little-known 38-year old mustachioed Cameroonian arrived on the global scene to show the world exactly how it ought to be done. 

Albert Roger Mooh Milla, for starters, did not even merit his place on the team per the standards of the national team selectors (he was actually retired at the time) and only had his place on the team vetoed at the last-minute by Cameroon's Head-of-State Paul Biya. 

Thus, for him to come to the tournament under such circumstances and steal the limelight with his performances as with his now legendary dance was nothing short of amazing.

Milla was, by a distance, the oldest player at the tournament and, in the view of most of his critics, at least a decade past his prime. Still, Milla was able to mark his appearances - mostly from the bench - with four goals, including a memorable one against Colombia that brilliantly exploited a horrible gaffe by the show-boating opposition goalkeeper Rene Higuita. 

He marked each of those goals with a splendid hip-swinging, foot-twitching, belly-wiggling dance by the corner-flag so energetic you would expect it from someone at least 15 years younger - the 'Makossa’ they called it.

Asamoah Giyan was in fine goal-scoring form at the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa, as he was in great dancing mood to compliment the former. At the tournament, Gyan treated the world to his lively, eye-catching goal celebrations, enacting a dance that Ghanaian readers would identify as the 'Azonto', albeit a crude form of the original.

That he scored against three of Ghana's five opponents at the competition meant he had ample opportunity to exhibit his skills in that regard. Too bad he missed that last-minute penalty against the Uruguayans in the quarters that would afforded the world another chance to watch the king of dance do what he loves doing after scoring. - Online Sources


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