Johannesburg - Teko Modise says his omission from the Bafana Bafana squad has
given him time to reflect on Mamelodi Sundowns' poor showing so far this
season, but the captain says they have been plotting a way forward.
The Brazilians have performed well below par since the start of
the new campaign, winning one and losing two of their opening three PSL
encounters, while their last match, a 2-1 loss at home to Maritzburg
United, was further marred by misbehaving spectators demanding the
release of head coach Johan Neeskens.
However, Modise is adamant the Dutch tactician is not solely to blame for the team's poor run, and told Football411 it is high time the squad members pull up their socks.
"I think players must play their hearts out. We must play as if it is our last game," Modise stated.
"It is pointless to see a situation where there are changes in
the technical team. Coaches are getting fired because players are not
performing the way they are supposed to so it is time players take
"The coach is disappointed... We are disappointed. The coach
spoke recently about a lack of commitment from the players and I
understand because he sees committed players at training during the week
and something different during a game, so we have to change this," he
Sundowns have gone four seasons without winning a trophy, and saw
their 2012 MTN8 run come to an end at the semi-finals, and Modise
firmly believes it is now or never for the Tshwane outfit.
"We are under pressure to win something this season. We can't run
away from that responsibility and we spoke about it as players and we
are all disappointed so we know what to do," he added.
"But the positive is that I can say that at least this has been
happening now at the beginning of the season, unlike at the end. So what
we lack is confidence and we have time to fix this before it is too