The Curse of Teko Modise – A must read.
The Curse Of Teko Modise.
It’s not everyday footballers come out with books; it was a bit of a shock when word came out that Teko Modise has a book in the works. My first thought was why so soon? I mean he’s still an active player, and professional athletes usually release these sorts of tell-all books after retiring. So why not wait until he does? Turns out it was a good idea to release it now because it got everyone, including me, talking. I was hooked from the first page and finished the book within two days.
The Curse of Teko Modise takes us through the trials and tribulations of The Navigators life. We get to understand his difficult upbringing and how his father, who raised him, would later abandon him forcing a young Teko to fend for himself.
While the book makes for a good read, one can’t help but notice how Teko blames everyone but himself for his misfortunes in the game and life as well. From what I gathered, Teko always wants to be the star of the team and if ever he feels threatened he asks for his clearance. The General spends a large portion of the book talking about his Orlando Pirates days and how he felt hard done by them when he was relegated to the bench and later the stands despite being a firm fan favourite. Modise also lifts the veil on the use of muthi at the Buccaneers and how it made some players feel uncomfortable as they were non-believers.
But what shocked me was Teko’s revelation that he did not have a good relationship with his former coach, Pitso Mosimane. Having played under Jingles at Supersport United, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana it always appeared from the outside looking in that the two had a good relationship. After all, Mosimane often praised Modise as one of the best players in the country. No so though, and Teko doesn’t mince his words. He says at certain points during his career he felt as though Pitso didn’t want to see him play for the national team. He also feels while he was under coach Pitso at The Brazilians, he wasn’t allowed to make mistakes because if he did Jingles would come at him harder than all the other players.
One thing that’s clear though, Teko loved football. It was his escape, the one thing that kept him going while he was living on the streets and he was facing challenging times in his career. It is this love for the game that would change Teko’s life and see him go on to become one of the greatest players of his generation. Whether you hate the book or love it, this is a must read because it is a defining moment in the history of South African football as players start to tell their own stories.