Doctor: Teko has robbed me


Bafana Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo believes Teko Modise still had one or two years left in his football career.

Khumalo was one of Modise's big influences from an early age in the dusty streets of Soweto. '16V' speaking in Durban last week said Modise robbed him of another year in football.

"I must say Teko robbed me another year or two. I know I might have done the same thing when I retired, many thought I could still play. He has robbed me another few years of great football," Khumalo said.

"I would like to tell him, I respect his decision to retire while we still enjoy you, you've given South Africa what they love and deserve. Without a doubt you are amongst the best players we've ever seen in our football. I'm honoured to be your idol and you didn't disappoint, whatever you did in the game. I hope and pray we won't lose you in the game."

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Khumalo also spoke about Bafana Bafana as they head to Egypt for the Africa Cup of Nations next month, and believes they are in safe hands with Stuart Baxter.

"They are under good guidance of a good coach who I've worked under, he doesn't panic and always comes up with a good strategy when the team is under pressure," he added.

"It is time for our boys to face the war, whereby they will be up against negativity and lots of pressure. For them to be the best they must show courage"

Doctor also shared a message to the team, saying that doing well at AFCON can unite the country and help us for a while to forget about the problems we are facing in our society.

"I would like to share a message which the late Nelson Mandela told us in 1996. They are not representing their families and friends, they represent the nation. Through the game they can make a difference, they have a chance to change whatever situation we have and unite us as South Africans. All the best to them."  

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