Teko: I wish I was at Pirates now


Teko Modise claims he could have won 'everything' with the current Orlando Pirates squad due to the quality of players.

Modise, 37, is widely considered as one of South Africa's most technically gifted midfielders and won every trophy available in the domestic game over his career that spanned over two decades.

His five-year spell with the senior national team saw him feature at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup as he amassed 66 international appearances, scoring 10 goals.

But it was his time at Pirates that divided opinion over his legacy as despite winning the PSL Footballer of the Season twice during his famed spell, his only trophies won were the MTN8 and Telkom Charity Cup.

Speaking on the Car Wash Podcast in reference to Lionel Messi's alleged unhappiness over the club signing sub-standard players, Modise suggested that if he were in the current Buccaneers squad, he would have been able to win major trophies due to the calibre of players that have been roped in recently.

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"If you want to win [trophies] you have to have good players around you and with the team signing whoever is available, it pisses you off," he said. "I remember saying something like this to other guys.

"I wish I was at Pirates now, I could have won everything. Not necessarily because maybe they're good or there are better players right now than the ones I played with.

"Most of the time I was playing, I was very frustrated. I would enjoy playing in the national team because we had quality but then come back into the local game you find a person who can't even pass the pall five metres. 

"So it becomes a problem, you become so irritated, and when people look from outside, they think you are arrogant, or you don't care. But it's just that the frustrations build up because you ask yourself how this person got this contract in the first place. I had to work my ass off to get here, how did he get here?"

Modise went on to join Mamelodi Sundowns in January 2011, where he won six trophies including the league twice and the CAF Champions League, and also picked up the 2018 MTN8 with Cape Town City before retiring from football.

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