Why Teko Modise did not play overseas ? To me Teko Modise was a world class player and most people believe that he was going to do better if he went to join clubs like Manchester United , Liverpool , Chelsea or Arsenal . There are many things which happened in his life during his best days and remember as a player you would like to go and play overseas but do your employers wish you the same luck ? or they want you to stay with them and make them money and win for them trophies ?
“As a young footballer or aspiring footballer, you always have dreams to become better and better and once you start being better, your dreams also tend to increase,” he said.
“What disappointed me in the game itself was not understanding the politics. When I was young, I was looking at you guys (Khumalo) playing, it was all fun.
“The politics that come with stopping players from trying to pursue their dreams was what disappointed me the most. As a team you have goals and dreams; you wanna win the league and this and that.
“But as individual players, you want to play for Bafana Bafana and to play for a big team and I had done all those things. I was giving my heart and soul to the team. I wanted to go overseas but I was not being given the chance to even get onto the plane.
“Let me go and fail there, then it’s fine. But not being given the opportunity to go and see if I’m good enough to be part of the overseas-based players, that shattered my dreams.”
“It also distracted me,” the 37-year-old said.
“I lost two years of my playing career because I was still nursing that wound. At the time the fans thought, ‘No, he thinks he’s better [than South Africans]’, but they were looking from the outside looking in.
“Inside, I was struggling with being Teko Modise the superstar but was I overseas material? No because I was only playing here. I’d seen guys like yourself (Khumalo), Shoes [Moshoeu], Helman [Mkhalele] going overseas, so why when it came to me it became a problem? “That messed me up.”
What do you think players should do to stop these bad people ?