South Africa: Teko Modise announces retirement

By Peter Tabu

Teko Modise was the first player in the ABSA premiership to win back to back player of the season awards in 2008 and 2009.

This is one of many accolades and acclaims Modise has won throughout the glittering career that he announced will come to end once curtains come down on the current season.

“Going to training today, it was different even though I use the same route that I take every day, when I got there I didn’t know if I should cry, laugh or smile,” Modise said in a 58 second video before adding.

“I wanted to be the Dr Khumalo of this era, I can proudly say I achieved everything I wanted to achieve as a footballer.”

“I just hope that a couple of years from now on, somebody else will be seated here and they can say they were inspired by my career path,” he added.

The “General” like he is fondly known joined Cape Town City last season after a successful spell at Mamelodi Sundowns.

Once blamed for having a curse for not winning any silverware, Modise’s best time was at Masandawana where he teamed up with Uganda Cranes skipper Denis Onyango.

Together they won the 2016 CAF Champions League, Nedbank Cup and the Telkom cup along with two league titles.

“He has been a true professional, one that has served the game diligently and there is no doubt he leaves behind many memories,” Onyango told www.fotoball-256.com.

He would later win the MTN 8 at the start of this season with Benni McCarthy’s side to complete the sequence of winning all silverware in South Africa.

Modise calls time on his career that has seen him play 50 times for Bafana Bafana in the Confederations Cup, two World Cups and several international games. The announcement was made by his club Cape Town City.

Teko who has played for Supersport United, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns will take up a club role Cape Town City hasn’t confirmed.

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