Throwback Thursday: Teko “The General” Modise and his glory days

Throwback Thursday: Teko “The General” Modise and his glory days celebrates another edition of Throwback Thursday by looking at one of Mzansi football's recent legends - Teko "The General" Modise.

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Teko Tsholofelo Modise was born on 22 December, 1982 in Meadowlands and would grow into yet another talented footballer unearthed in the streets of Soweto.

Although a footballer of the modern era, Modise has secured his legendary status through his exploits for club and country.

Modise paid his dues first in the lower leagues as he represented both City Pillars and Ria Stars, collecting the Mvela Golden League Player of the Season award along the way.

SuperSport United noticed the talented youngster and signed him in 2006.

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It took just a solitary season for Orlando Pirates to sit up take notice and offer Modise a contract.

Modise was loving life at the Buccaneers, which is also where he earned the nickname "The General" due to his dominance in the middle of the park.

During his first season at Pirates, Modise was named the PSL Footballer of the Year as well as the SAFA Footballer of the Year.

In many ways, Modise's personal accolades overshadowed the club silverware obtained at Pirates.

The talented midfielder retained both PSL and SAFA awards the following year and his performances attracted foreign interest.

Reports surfaced that numerous English Premier League clubs showed interest in signing Modise, but Pirates refused to sell.

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Following a fall-out between Modise, Pirates Chairman Irvin Khoza and coach Ruud Krol, the player parted ways with the club and signed with Mamelodi Sundowns in 2011.

Modise dictated play for Sundowns in midfield and he helped the club win numerous pieces of silverware during his six years there.

Modise also enjoyed a good international career as he became the fastest player to amass 50 caps for Bafana Bafana.

The dynamo was touted to be one of the stars at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but failed to live up to the hype as he was eventually dropped for Bafana's final match against France.

Modise eventually ended his career at Cape Town City at the end of the 2018/19 season, but is still employed as a staff member at the club.

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