Teko Modise brushes aside poor trophy record and 'cursed' reputation
Posted: 29 November 2012 Time: 11:35 am
Ahead of the Telkom Knockout Final, Mamelodi Sundowns captain Teko Modise has hit back at those who criticise his barren trophy record.
Sundowns take on Bloemfontein Celtic in TKO Final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Sunday. Kick-off is 8.15pm.
Despite winning many personal accolades, 'The General' is yet to win any silverware in his 11 years in the Premiership, but with yet another opportunity to lift a trophy looming, Modise says it is not all about him.
"The win will mean a lot to the team," the Sundowns skipper says. "I mean it is not for me, I'm playing for Sundowns so we need it more – it's not about me.
"As for those who say I've not won anything in my life, it's fine. I've got an opportunity on Saturday and there are still more opportunities as well. Still the League and the Nedbank Cup as well. For me on Saturday it's all about the team."
Modise adds that he would be proud to lead the club to their first trophy since 2008, when they won the Nedbank Cup with Michael Manzini as captain.
"As a captain I've got duties to perform, but as a team we have a duty as well to do well for the team.
"If I'm being part of that team that will make the club proud then I'm happy, irrespective of me being the captain on the day or not. I just want to be part of the team that win the Cup and I just hope this is one of the opportunities I will get and use it.
"I'm excited to play the Cup Final. We have been given an opportunity to play so I'm going to play my heart out.
"The coach [Johan Neeskens] is expecting 100 percent from everyone so it's going to be an exciting game. The pressure is always there, not only in a cup final. Immediately when you sign a contract with Sundowns the pressure is there."