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Teko Modise's stature in Bafana Bafana grows

Posted: 25 May 2010 Time: 12:40

Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise last night celebrated a majestic 50th Bafana Bafana cap just three years after making his debut in the COSAFA Castle Cup against Malawi - ironically while also under current coach Carlos Alberto Parreira. 

Modise is quick to admit that to clock his half century against Bulgaria has come way quicker than he had ever expected since making his Bafana debut in May 2007.   "I feel extremely excited and honoured to have reached 50 caps for Bafana. I honestly didn't think I would reach this milestone in such a short space of time," says Modise, who made his debut as a kinky haired SuperSport United midfielder but now turns on the magic with a popular Mohawk hairstyle.   The talented midfielder, upon whom a lot of responsibility is being placed as the creative link and captain, gave an encouraging display last night; way better than the subdued player that he has been this past season at Pirates.   The 27-year-old was handed a framed jersey, inscribed 50 at the back in honour of his achievement that got his Brazilian mentor smiling.   "You don't reach 50 caps in such a short of time because the coach loves you, but because you are quality yourself. Teko is the kind of player needed in this country. I also appreciate a player like him who can play the ball and get the team going," says Parreira.   With an inspiring performance last night that not only he and the nation expects that he carries to the World Cup, Modise is definite about the growth in his confidence.   "The difference now is that I have been with the team for the past three months which has helped my game. Being around my team mates rubs off on you in a positive way," says Modise.  

Previous comments on this story...

Mesh - K 4 L
posted: 12:58 pm
These PSL players do not grow old.I mean,how old was Teko when he played for these teams.
I don mean to be funny here,pls guys help me(it is not Teko only) pillars - maybe 12
2.Sionsport - maybe 17
3.uP The bArKs - maybe 23
posted: 01:05 pm
The perfomance that Teko demonstrated was great,i just wish that he could carry on the way he did last night,we proud of you broe
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 01:56 pm
The boy has matured professionally. One thing about him and Shabba is that they are eager to learn. Him ang Shabba were criticised heavily in the past but they have grown. People forget that as a player you can loose a form, just like proffesor who has lost his libido thats why he is no longer logging in to comment. What is important with a player who have lost a form is to be encouraged by us the supporters and media and not to destroy them by negative comments always. I fail to understand, Big Mac Maccarthy has been out of form for three years scoring mere (3 goals) for his team and (1 goal) for Bafana Bafana but people who knows nothing about i-Diski has been worshiping him non-stop. Tell him is he providing tik for you guys. Why not the same was done for Modise when he was off-form?

Anyway congratulations boy, you have achieved many things that other players have not achieved (as Soccer Critic Tivani wa ka hino mentioned). Pienaar for example started playing for BB long before you, but has not reached the milestone that you reached (number of caps and number of goals you scored for Bafana Bafana). People said you didn't have a good Confed Cup which is wrong, you were voted the man of the match against Iraq in the first game and also performed very well against New Zealand which is more than 50% of what was required from you. Good luck boy in the world cup and I know you'll make Mzansi Proud. Why Pareira likes you, it's obvious also to those who hates you.

Shapa General Shapa.
posted: 02:43 pm
I'm really celebrating with you boy, and I know you will continue to make your detractors to eat at the palm of your hand. What a performance you and team-mates displayed yesterday felt like a moving sermon in many true SA hearts. I wish you all the success in the build-up to the prestigious tournament. For sure you will make us proud ayeye Mexico ayeye!
Soccer Critic ( Tivani )
posted: 03:04 pm

**** Good observation

shapa Modise shapaaaa!!!
posted: 07:28 pm
keep it up de general Teko Modise
posted: 08:02 pm
bafana has played very well
posted: 10:56 pm
Teko ur on fire,i hope u'l persue ur great talent oversea's.pirates is nt gud 4
posted: 10:21 am
well done Modise is about time you show them what you are made off we will suport you all the way...
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