DRIBBLING WIZARD IS NICE OFF THE FIELD TOO

Bafana bafana vs Spain at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein. Teko Modise being fouled by Raul Albio. the score is 0-0 at half time. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI/ 20/06/2009
Bafana bafana vs Spain at Vodacom Park in Bloemfontein. Teko Modise being fouled by Raul Albio. the score is 0-0 at half time. Picture: SIMPHIWE NKWALI/ 20/06/2009

We all know what a gifted footballer Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise has developed into, but what's life like off the pitch for the dribbling wizard?

We all know what a gifted footballer Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise has developed into, but what's life like off the pitch for the dribbling wizard?

Sowetan Online tracked him down to hear about groupies, inept administrators and what went wrong at the Confederations Cup.

Though Modise has dreams about playing soccer for an overseas club he will be quite happy, if the offer is not lucrative, to spend his playing days at his beloved Pirates.

"I would love to play overseas but only for a good team," Modise says. "I don't want to leave Pirates just for the sake of leaving.

"I've had a few offers but those we received in black on white have not been great."

The recent Confederations Cup was to have provided an opportunity for the young footballer to showcase his considerable skills. With talent scouts from around the world in South Africa, it was the ideal opportunity to secure overseas deals.

Unfortunately Modise seemed overawed by the occasion.

"I admit I was average in the matches I played in. Fans counted on me to shine and unfortunately I didn't."

He gives his performance a five out of 10 predicate.

Though the PSL is crowded with young players who have displayed skill on the field, too many have failed off the field . Thankfully, Modise is not among them.

"I have a strong support base of family, friends and my manager. They keep me grounded. Whenever I have a bad game they tell me."

Off the field he is like so many of his age. He spends a lot of time travelling and training, listening to local music and enjoying a drink ... nonalcoholic that is!

"I listen to hip-hop 99percent of the time, with Pro Kid being my ultimate favourite. Other artists I like include Lira and Unathi. There are so many I enjoy."

Recent media reports that he has paid ilobola don't seem to have dampened the enthusiasm of young girls at matches. They hold up posters declaring their love for him.

"Being a guy it's always nice to have that ...," he admits. "It boosts your ego a bit. I'm in a steady relationship, so I can't get too excited. But it's always nice.

"Some come to the stadium to watch us. They pay for it, so if they want my attention it's fine - as long as it's in the right way. But if they want something more I cut them off."

The usually laid-back Modise gets hot under the collar when it comes to poor soccer administrators.

"Fans want to see the players, not the administrators. They often project themselves instead of the players. They want to be as famous as the players and it simply can't happen.

"I would put the players first before the administrators. Do a good job from behind, not in front," Modise said.

We couldn't agree more!

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