Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Teko Modise says the team comes first before any of his own personal aspirations.
Modise has played a secondary role this season, with younger team-mates preferred in the starting line-up by coach Pitso Mosimane.
The 33-year-old has adjusted to a new role of mentoring the likes of Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly, Khama Billiat and Themba Zwane.
"The younger generation of players are very good. There's a reason they are playing in the Bafana team, because they are very, very good," Modise told KickOff.
"For me, as a senior player, I always want to learn, and there's so many things that I learn from the younger ones while also passing through my experience onto them.
"Within the team there is teamwork - whoever plays will make sure that he plays well, and if the team wins then everybody wins.
"It's not about who's playing and who's not playing because we've won so many games without certain players, while the team has also won so many games without me.
"There's no bigger player within the team. Everyone is equal and everyone contributes equally, and that's how the team spirit always remains high."