Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Teko Modise: 31 caps Age: 26, Midfielder: Orlando Pirates, 9 goals.
South Africa have a never-ending love affair with midfield magicians and Orlando Pirates' Teko Modise is the latest object of this affection.
If a domestic football popularity competition was held, it would be for second place as there is nationwide adoration for the slightly built 26-year-old, who is a star performer on the field and a role model off it.
Modise shuns the path some contemporaries take, opting instead to inspire underprivileged youth rather than create headlines over speeding and drunk driving-related court appearances.
Modise, who languished in the second division for five seasons, views the Confederations Cup as a talent store. He craves a prominent shop window slot when European scouts come viewing.
"He would be better suited for Spain because it is not as demanding physically and gives you more chance to show off your skill," 1996 African Nations Cup-winning coach Clive Barker says.