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.