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10. Teko Modise

17/Sep/2012 09:38

Tsholofelo “Teko “ Modise was born in Meadowlands, but grew up in Diepkloof, Soweto. He is the third in a family of three children (a brother and a sister). His football career started with Coventry and City Rebels at amateur …

Tsholofelo “Teko “ Modise was born in Meadowlands, but grew up in Diepkloof, Soweto. He is the third in a family of three children (a brother and a sister). His football career started with Coventry and City Rebels at amateur level, and then he joined Ria Stars as a raw 17-year-old after being recommended to the club by former Orlando Pirates star Steve Mnguni.

Two years later, at 19-years-old, Modise made his PSL debut in the 1-all draw against Wits University (now Bidvest Wits) on 2 September 2010. But, unfortunately, Stars became defunct at the end of the 2001/02 season, which left the talented youngster without many choices; hence he joined City Pillars in the Mvela Golden League.

Professional career background

Teko’s period with Pillars was a very successful one, though as a team they did not do so well in the first division league, Modise was amongst the top goalscores in the league, also walked away with the Mvela Player of the Season honours in May 2006.

Hardly three months down the line, in August of the same year to be precisely, Modise joined SuperSport United under the tutelage of then Bafana Bafana assistant coach Pitso Mosimane, and subsequently showed why Pillars – a team that he spent most of his playing career in the first division with were so reluctant to let him go.

Having spent only one season with Matsatsantsa, Modise made a dream move to Pirates and has never looked back. In fact, since his big move from SuperSport to Pirates in the 2007/08 season, Teko was a success story of local football – and arguably the country’s most admired player of the modern era.

Modise’s starring performances in Bucs colours in his first season with the club, as well as for Bafana Bafana in the same season (2007/08) saw him winning the inaugural PSL Footballer of the Year, as well as SAFA‘s Best Footballer of the Year honours.

In his second season with Pirates, Mzansi’s finest, also known as the General continued where he left off by pulling out a series of scintillating performances for Pirates and Bafana.

Modise helped the club to reach the final of the Telkom Knockout Cup and he was the captain of the team during our 4-1 win over AmaZulu in the final league game of the 2008/09 season, unfortunately, Bucs narrowly lost the PSL title to SuperSport on goal difference after both teams finished equal on 55 points.

Furthermore, Modise ended the season as Pirates’ second highest goal scorer, scoring a total of seven goals in 31appearances in all competitions (PSL and Cup games), and then made history when he successfully retained his prestigious PSL Footballer of the Year award, also, went on to win the league’s Player’s Player of the Season award for the 2008/09 campaign.

Teko’s talent caught the eye of overseas scouts and was once a target of English Premier League clubs Aston Villa, Wigan Athletic, Manchester City and Birmingham City, as well as Italian giants AC Milan and Inter Milan all bidding to have Modise in their books. But it was his current employers Mamelodi Sundowns followed through on their expressed interest by bringing the player to Chloorkop, where he continues to shine for the Brazilians.

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