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Teko Modise has given praise to his teammates at Mamelodi Sundowns stating that the energy, persistence and hard work is really evident in their play.

“When things come together it is great to see. The team is doing well and we bagged another three points on Saturday with a great performance.

This is due to the hard work that all the players are doing and we must not forget to thank the coach as well as his technical team. Moreover we must give praise were it is due. The youngsters in the team are making the team tick and as a unit we are all making a difference.

Asked if he thinks that they may be at the top of the table should they win the games in hand, he chose to be neutral in response.

“The points are there to be taken but not without a fight. No one knows the future and we have to live each day as it comes. So that also applies to the matches in hand. We take a game at a time and if we get all points great, if not then life goes on.”

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Teko Modise and Mamelodi Sundowns gained three points against Bloemfontein Celtic as they made a return to action in the Absa Premiership.

The 1-0 victory sees the Brazilians move fifth on the log having just played ten matches and collecting twenty two points. With six games in hand it is more than possible to see the defending champions and African champions take pole position should they collect all the available points.

Modise is not counting his chicken before the eggs hatch though as he warns of points not yet collected.

“It is one thing to be excited about the games we have in hand. One can always start counting the points to see a positive light in our heads but the reality remains what it is. We have not collected those points yet.

We recently won our fixture against Celtic and that is a good start. The works remains though, we have to make use of the chance we have to collect valuable points. The team is fit and ready for action.”

Sundowns next face Orlando Pirates in what will be a match to spectate. Ever exciting it will be. The match is scheduled for a 15:30 start at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium.

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The Nedbank Cup is set to kick-start in March 03 as the draw was done in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Only two teams have been squared with their fellow league participants. Maritzburg United will take on Golden Arrows while Free State Stars take on Highlands Park.

Interesting encounters between the top flight league and the SAFA League sides will be Orlando Pirates vs EC Bees and Mamelodi Sundowns vs Mariveni United from Giyani, Limpopo.

The National First Division and the PSL has drawn defending champions Supersport United and Royal Eagles. Kaizer Chiefs have drawn Cape Town based side Stellenbosch FC.

Below is the complete draw:

Platinum Stars v AmaZulu

EC Bees v Orlando Pirates

Mamelodi Sundowns v Mariveni United

FC Cape Town v Baroka FC

Free State Stars v Highlands Park

Cape Town All Stars v Bidvest Wits

Chippa United v Witbank Spurs

Buya Msuthu v Bloemfontein Celtic

Golden Arrows v Marizburg United

Polokwane City v African All Stars

Royal Eagles v SuperSport United

Jomo Cosmos v United Rovers

Stellenbosch FC v Kaizer Chiefs

Acornbush v Cape Town City

KwaDukuza United v Ajax Cape Town

Days FC v Mbombela United

 

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Mamelodi Sundowns senior player Teko Modise has not seen much game time recently but believes the team is where it needs to be and everything has a purpose.

“The team comes first and our contribution to the team as players is what we have to put ahead. The team is doing great and all the players are coming to the stage. Everyone is important and when called upon we have to deliver. That time always comes,” Modise says.

Downs have a lot of games to play including the trip to Japan in December. This can only be a strategic plan by Pitso Mosimane of rotating the squad in such a way that they get the best results in all games.

“We have a good coach who knows what he is doing. Look at the results the team is getting. Look at the rotation of players and look at the performance. So we have to trust in the coach and keep our eyes focused on giving our best and supporting each other as a team,” concluded the general.

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Teko Modise has commented on the challenge Mamelodi Sundowns face as they prepare to take on a determined Zamalek side in their own backyard.

“It will be a match to remember. There is a lot to take from it and history will be written whatever the result is,” Modise said.

Commanding a 3-0 lead Downs will be looking to finish off what they started in South Africa in the first leg of the encounter. Asked if the team is worried about complacency, Modise states that there is no ground for any complacency.

“Once again there is a job to do. We are soccer players and have some soccer to play. There will be nothing but our desire to do what we are there to do. It is in our hands and we as a team must stick to the plan and execute it without fault. It will be a match to remember.”

Sundowns will face Zamalek in a CAF Champions League final second leg at the Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria this weekend.

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Mamelodi Sundowns beat Zamalek 3-0 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Final to carry an advantage to the final match in Borg El Arab Stadium in Alexandria.

Teko Modise says it is exciting to be in the CAF final and knowing that they have already done half the job going to the last match.

“Look it is exciting to be in the final. We went out there with a plan and it worked out. There is still work to be done though as the job is only half done,” says the General.

Downs have a Telkom Knockout challenge to play on Thursday against Polokwane City when they return from Egypt.. Asked if he thinks the coach will compromise the team for the CAF Final which is a week away, Teko says there is no compromising but business as usual.

“One cannot say we must choose one from the other. Yes one is more important than the other but that is the job of the technical team. That is not the headache of the players. Our job is to give 100% all the time. Therefore when you wear that jersey and head on to the field, you must work.”

The Brazilians will travel to Alexandria to finish off what they started in the CAF Final, then face Polokwane City on Thursday 27 October at the Lucas Moripe Stadium for the Telkom Knockout.

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Mamelodi Sundowns suffered a once in a while defeat from Bidvest Wits in the MTN 8 final as they conceded three goals with no response.

It was more of a one sided game with Wits dominating most of the time as Sundowns looked a fatigued side. Midfield player Teko Modise feels that it was just a good day for the team that won and says there is not much that they could do about it.

“Look the best team won at the end of the day. We displayed a weak performance and they were on top of their game. That is not a matter to be alarmed about except for the pain of losing a final.”

Downs have bigger fish to fry as they look ahead to yet another final in the CAF Champions League against Egyptian team Zamalek. Modise believes they have tough challenge.

“There is a tough challenge that awaits us in the CAF Champions League Final. We cannot hang ourselves over one competition. We have to lift our heads up and prepare for the next final,” concluded the General.

The Brazilians will play their first leg of the final at home against Zamalek on 14 October. The venue is still to be decided. Then they will play the deciding second leg of the fixture on 21 October away from home.

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Teko Modise is excited over the prospect that Mamelodi Sundowns have reached the final of the CAF Champions League after defeating Zesco United 3-2 on aggregate.

“Look I am excited about the fact that we have now made it to the final. As I have been saying, it is possible to make history and it all depends on how far we want to go as a unit,” Modise said.

The Brazilians will now face Zamalek at the final to compete for the high honor of club football in Africa. The General as he is affectionately known believes that winning the competition is possible and what comes after that is the club making history.

“We can win the final. We can win the competition and that will mean we have made history. All light are green and should the team keep focus and go for glory then we will have represented our supporters, families and club well. It is an exciting prospect.”

Should Downs win the trophy they will be the second team in South Africa to have lifted the continental trophy.

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Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise believes that the Brazilians can handle the load of competitions they are currently taking part in.

Downs are in the Semi-finals of the MTN 8 competition and also in the semis of the CAF Champions League. They now face the prospect of having to choose which competition to field the strongest team in.

“Well it is football. If you want to be the best then you have to behave like the best. This means even if we have to play three matches in a week then so be it. I know that we have a good team and we can rotate the squad with no problem.

Every player that wears the Sundowns jersey is capable of delivering the goods. All that we have to do is stick to the plan of the coach and give our all. We can make history and this is our chance,” concluded the General as he is affectionately known.

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Mamelodi Sundowns left for Algeria on Tuesday in order to prepare for their CAF Champions’ League group stage encounter against ES Setif on Saturday.

Teko Modise has indicated that the team needs to win their first match in order to start building on a winning momentum.

“Look if we go there and register a win, then we stand a good chance of making it out of the group stages. What is important is that we get our heads right. The players had thought the journey was over before we were recalled so that train of thought must be flushed completely out of our heads,” Modise said.

Asked if they think that it will be any easier going forward ‘The General’ as he is affectionately known made it clear that there is nothing easy about playing in the African competition.

“There is nothing easy about competing in such a tournament. We know what other teams are capable of and we have seen a team from our very own league compete at this stage. It did not look easy and yes we also know it will take something special from each and every player in the team for us to make it far.”