Krol: Media must let Teko be

2009-11-23 09:30
Teko Modise (File)
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates coach Ruud Krol has called on the media to cut Teko Modise some slack as the midfielder tries to rediscover his form.

The Bafana Bafana star has not been at his best since the Confederations Cup in June, with the press turning on the man they hailed the golden boy of South African football not too long ago.

Krol has rested Modise since the Soweto derby and this has further fueled talk surrounding the 26-year-old's future. However, unlike the media, the Dutch mentor is aware that a great player does not suddenly become a 'one-trick pony' or overrated after a drop in form.

In an exclusive with, Krol agreed that even the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Steven Gerrard go through rough patches. He urged the press to stop shinning a spotlight on Modise, who needs to focus on his game and not what the papers are saying.

"The media here they make it from a mosquito to an elephant! And that is a pity for Teko because he knows that and he does his best and for sure Teko will be back in form like usual, because he is a fantastic player," Krol said.

"If you play three years of the highest level non stop in your career and then you don't play three or four games, people start to talk and write things, but the people don't know what they are talking about, which is a pity.

"I have not lost my confidence in Teko and I can guarantee you, Teko will be at his highest level again, like we've seen before."

Meanwhile, Modise's team-mate Dennis Masina told Soccer Week: "Teko Modise as long as he stays with the team and works hard, I think he will be back to his best. At the moment, I think he is tired because of all the travelling with the national team and then coming back to play, but he is still a good player. I still believe he is the best player." 


Go to Holland, Rivaldo: Fans

2014-11-24 14:57


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk


Hottie of the day: Charlotte

Meet our hottie of the day, Charlotte. She feels sexiest after a good workout at the gym!

This is why guys shouldn’t be in photos
BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike
Want to start talking dirty?
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
25 November 2014
Polokwane City v Kaizer Chiefs, Peter Mokaba Stadium 19:30
26 November 2014
Ajax Cape Town v Bloemfontein Celtic, Cape Town Stadium 19:30
Maritzburg United v Moroka Swallows, Harry Gwala Stadium 19:30
Black Aces v Wits, Mbombela Stadium 19:30
Chippa United v Free State Stars, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 19:30
University of Pretoria v Orlando Pirates, Tuks Stadium 19:30
02 December 2014
Orlando Pirates v Maritzburg United, Orlando Stadium 19:30
AmaZulu v University of Pretoria, Princess Magogo Stadium 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Which PSL coach will be the next to face the axe?

Love 2 Meet

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.