Mamelodi Sundowns’ Neo Maema has been left embarrassed after calling his teammate “Messi” on social media.
NEO MAEMA CALLS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS TEAMMATE MESSI
Following Kabo Yellow’s 2-0 win over Chippa United in the DStv Premiership on Monday, the club’s left-back Aubrey Modiba scooped the Man of the Match award.
The event was followed by his teammate Maema going over to Twitter to say “well done Messi.”
“Proud of you. Congratulations Messi. Man of the match,” Maema said. The 26-year-old from Bloemfontein did not expect the backlash that followed. It turned out to be a mistake. Twitter users hardly showed any appreciation for the nickname given to the player who is otherwise known as “Postman.”
Here are some of the comments that stood out:
“This just shows how we are not serious, how can a Professional football player be nick-named after another Professional football player means if he plays against Messi he will never compete he will just see his idol. Come on man fix your lives,” – @Dzunii.
“Messi???? Come on… performance not anywhere near Messi. Stop misleading people,” – @motombotie.
“Lol Messi kanjani manjeSmiling face with open mouth Fede,” – @Mageme7.
“This is an insult to Messi, you can’t compare Modiba to world best player,” – @LeboThamage.
DSTV PREMIERSHIP PLAYERS NICKNAMED AFTER OVERSEAS PLAYERS
Modiba is not the only Messi in Mzansi. We have a lot more world football players who have adopted names from abroad.
Here are some other examples:
Puleng Tlolane (Orlando Pirates) – Messi
Tshegofatso Mabasa (Orlando Pirates) – Lukaku
Keletso Makgalwa (Swallows FC) – Aguero
Lebogang Manyama (Kaizer Chiefs) – Kaka