Teko Modise seemed destined for a dream move to Europe but has now revealed why it never materialised.
The veteran midfielder spoke at the launch of his biography, ‘The Curse of Teko Modise’.
Here he highlighted how Orlando Pirates boss Irvin Khoza blocked his path out of the club.
Modise explained, "I remember my Bafana Bafana team-mates saying at the time asking what I was doing still playing local football.
"I went to Irvin who said to me: 'Ja, you're getting influenced by Benni and Steven Pienaar because all of a sudden now you want to go overseas'."
At the peak of his powers, Modise was named PSL player of the year in 2008 and 2009 while representing the Buccaneers.
He further added that part of the motivation to join Pirates was to eventually make the step up to Europe at a later stage.
However, according to him, the Iron Duke would not avail himself for meetings with Modise.
He declared: "When I showed up for a meeting with Irvin they told me that he wasn't there, but then I could see his car in the parking lot ... those were the days before Uber so there was no way he wasn't there."
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