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I started playing football in the streets of Soweto – Johannesburg South Africa when I was young just like every kid around the neighbourhood, or most townships for that matter.

Then when I was 17 years old I was scouted from school which I would say was the beginning of my football career.

I went to Polokwane to play for Ria Stars for a year and then transferred to Pietersburg and played for City Pillars when Ria Stars sold their status.

At that time the local league, the Premier Soccer League (PSL) was changing from 18 teams to 16 teams in total for the league. From there I went to Supersport United and then Orlando Pirates and finally Mamelodi Sundowns.

When I was young we used to have it as a dream to play for Bafana Bafana. We used to buy the Kick Off and Soccer Laduma magazines and read about the players we admired.
But I believed that for one to play for the National team you have to play for a big team in South Africa and that is where my focus shifted from that to looking to play for a big team and that is where my drive to play partly came from.

On Motivation
I think what motivates me is the hunger to win. I do not know how it feels to be a champion with Sundowns. If I can win a championship or a cup with Sundowns or any other team I will then say I have achieved what many soccer players have not yet tasted. But until then I think I am still like any other player.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup

The world Cup is the biggest stage of the all and one may never understand it until you have experienced it. Many elders would tell us that it was a big occasion but none of them had featured in one before, so it was difficult for us to adjust to the temperament. Though it was a great experience because it is always nice to play with the home ground advantage and also the crowd that we are used to. It was great and I don’t think I have ever felt anything quite like the feeling of playing in a world cup, so it was an honour.

Playing career

Teko Modise had a stunning career at Orlando Pirates both creating and scoring goals. Modise became famous after a year at the Pirates, a fan favourite for the whole of South Africa. His unique skill and shooting abilities earned him the PSL ‘top scorer’ award in 2008.

He was voted Mvela Golden League Player of the Season while playing for City Pillars during the 2005/2006 season.

In 2008 and 2009, he became the inaugural PSL Footballer of the Year playing for Orlando Pirates.

Modise was recently appointed ambassador by global company McDonald’s for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and also the ambassador for Coca-Cola, Nike, Telkom and Samsung.

Further speculation mounted during the summer of 2009, when rumours surfaced that a number of clubs were considering an offer, including Manchester City, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Birmingham City and Derby County. Modise admitted to Sky Sports News that an offer from Italy would be too difficult to refuse, citing fellow international teammate Steven Pienaar’s influence as a key factor. However, an asking price of £4m may have been too much.

On 27 January 2011, it was announced that Modise was joining Mamelodi Sundowns after falling out with Orlando Pirates coach and Dutch legend Ruud Krol.

International career

Modise first played for the South African national team during the 2007 COSAFA Cup. He made his first appearance with the senior team on 26 May 2007 against Malawi. He was named to the S.A. roster for the 2008 African Nations Cup tournament in Ghana. He has made 65 appearances for the national team and has recorded ten goals. Modise has been an instrumental player in many of Bafana Bafana’s international matches. His last appearance for Bafana Bafana was on 12 October 2012 against Poland in the Fifa international friendly, played in Warsaw.

Modise was part of the South African squad that won the 2007 COSAFA Cup.

He did not play for any of the age-limit national teams in South Africa.

On 14 June 2009, he was awarded the Budweiser Man of the Match award in the opening game of the 2009 Confederations Cup against Iraq. Modise was a part of the squad selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, unfortunately he did not perform to his normal standards during the tournament and subsequently received much criticism from the media and public.