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The rise and fall of Teko Modise

Posted: 28 January 2011 Time: 10:07

Teko Modise's fall from grace has been almost as spectacular as his rise to the top. We take a brief look at his roller-coaster ride.

Where it all began Tsholofelo Teko Modise, aka ‘The General’, started his professional career with Ria Stars in 2001 before joining City Pillars in 2002.

He was voted the Mvela Golden League Player of the Season during the 2005/2006 season, earning himself a high-profile move to SuperSport United and then, a year later, to Orlando Pirates. He proved an instant hit and was names PSL Footballer of the Year, albeit the latter amid much controversy.

Was a new legend born eMzansi? Modise debuted for Bafana Bafana against Malawi in the Cosafa Castle Cup in 2007 and netted his first-ever goal against Mauritius in the same competition later that year. His last Bafana goal was in a friendly match against Colombia in 2010 – his 12th international goal.

Remember this game? South Africa vs Cameroon in Rustenburg, Nelson Mandela Challenge – Modise delivers a virtuoso performance, scoring twice as Bafana beat Cameroon 3-2. There’s a belief that Modise is the Maradona of Mzansi for 2010 World Cup success.

The downward spiral begins 2009 Confederations Cup - Modise is awarded the Man of the Match award against Iran, but as the tournament continues he fails to deliver for Bafana. Questions are asked after the tournament if The General can deliver for the nation.

Still, Modise earns his 50th cap as a Bafana player when he captains the side in a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria on May 24, 2010.

2010 FIFA World Cup – Like at the Confederations Cup a year earlier, Modise again fails to deliver for Bafana. After criticism from all quarters, coach Carlos Alberto Parreira eventually drops the midfielder for the final group game against France, which Bafana win 2-1.

Trouble at Pirates After a terrible World Cup Modise loses his starting place at Bucs as time and time again he fails to showcase his talent that the nation has come to expect. Yet most Pirates fans stand by their man, instead blaming coach Ruud Krol for destroying Modise’s career.

Despite an outcry from most South Africans, new Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane stuns everyone as Modise is included in the squad that will face Niger in the first match of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Krol also gives Modise another chance and he responds with a match-winning performance against Moroka Swallows. Optimism is high that the player can get his act together and he promises as much, but things soon take a turn for the worse again as Modise fails to even make it onto the bench.

The end is in sight Modise gets involved in a training boycotting saga. However, Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi denies a message posted on social network Twitter that he boycotted training together with Modise and Andile Jali (Jali played and was substituted by Tlou Segolela after a dismal performance in the Telkom Knockout Final against Kaizer Chiefs).

Modise misses Pirates training ahead of the Santos game, infuriating Krol and leading to showdown talks with club president Irvin Khoza, who announces that they have suspended the player for “being absent from camp and training without authorization”.

A new beginning Speculation is rife that Modise is on his way out, with Swallows coach Gordon Igesund keen to take Modise to the Nest, but on Thursday it is announced that The General has joined title rivals Sundowns – much to the dismay of furious Pirates fans.

Previous comments on this story...

Nywereza
posted: 11:20 am
The beginning of problems for teko. What two clauses to be iron out before signing. He is no longer wanted at Pirates and then comply with those strigent clauses on the contract. many players have fallen due to the clauses at sundowns. He should have asked players like Manqoba Ngwenya and the likes not to be fooled to sign for sundowns.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 12:02 pm
Sundowns and its clauses..!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:24 pm
Clauses olredi? Not a gud sign general 1 bad perfomance i tel u then there'l b causes, causes of ur exit 2 mvela, via Aces offcourse
striker
posted: 01:48 pm
The problem is not teko and he has never been a problem krol is the beggest hypocrite i have ever meet distroying players future, so long as krol is part of pirate mayambela, klate, mashego and jali are going down. fare and square. mark my words
Igytso
posted: 02:08 pm
teko don listen to this nonsense no one no one in the PSL passes the bal the way u do im a downs n glad ul give patterson a challenge he is lazy nowadays
Anonymous
posted: 02:33 pm
Mr Zuma u're simply biased journo! The general has never fallen, u can watch all the games of the World cup as well as Confed. It is just that the whole nation relyied on Teko to come up with madic which was not possible.

In the World cup, special players did not perform miraculasly as they usually do. Here is the list:
Cristiano Ronaldo= Portugal
Fernando Torres= Spain
Lionel Messi= Argentina
Teko Modise= SA
Diedir Drogba= Ivory Coast
Wayne ROONEY= England
Van Piessy= Netherland
etc...etc...etc....
We did not have a magical World Cup for the individual players but, that does not mean that this players including Teko have fallen. Much is still expected and the ability of these players is not questionable.
Khoi- San
posted: 04:41 pm
Pliz the General bring us the Pretoria Soccer League (PSL).
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