Modise says he is not feeling affects of fatigue
Posted: 19 March 2008 Time: 10:07
Orlando Pirates’ midfielder Teko Modise says he has no knowledge of coach Owen da Gama’s concern that he could be suffering from fatigue.
In fact, the Buccaneer tells KickOff.com that his legs are still strong and will carry him until the end of the season.
According to an earlier Press report Da Gama had voiced his concern that Modise was showing signs of fatigue.
The coach pointed out that after their visit to Cape Town to play against Santos in the Nedbank Cup, Modise looked tired after playing almost all Bafana Bafana and Pirates’ games this season without a break.
Da Gama allegedly then laid the blame on Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira for his player’s potential burn-out as Modise had been called up for every game the country has played recently, including those at the Afcon Cup in Ghana.
“Parreira says that he is looking at players and various options, and I can understand if he calls up Modise for the main fixtures on the Bafana programme, but I don’t understand why the midfielder must play in each and every friendly international match as well,” the Pirates coach is quoted as saying.
“If Parreira doesn’t know Modise’s strengths and weaknesses by now, then I don’t know. Modise is a key element of the Pirates set-up and will play a crucial role as we head towards the run-in of the Premier League in which our club is lying in third place on the league table.”
But Modise has different feelings to that of his coach.
“So far I haven’t felt any signs of fatigue. The coach hasn’t spoken to me about being tired after playing so many games this season.
“I believe I am still physically okay as I haven’t felt anything affecting my play as yet.”
“We played well against Santos, especially after coming back from a 2-0 deficit and I played more than 60 minutes after being a man down.
“As far as the championship title is concerned, I am convinced that we still have chance to catch up with both Ajax [Cape Town] and Supersport [United]. We want to treat each every match as cup final, starting with out fixture against Thanda Royal Zulu.”
Bucs will be without the services of Innocent Mdledle, Senzo Meyiwa and Lebohang Mokoena this weekend.