Lucky: I gave Teko a pep talk

2010-08-24 10:01

Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi says that he had a fruitful talk with Teko Modise before the game against Santos.

Pirates managed to beat the People's Team 2-1 in their MTN8 quarter-final at the Orlando Stadium with Modise playing a part in Daine Klate's winning goal.

The match also marked Modise's first appearance in the club's colours this season, where he showed signs of improvement from last season's dismal campaign for both club and country.

Lekgwathi was speaking at the MTN headquarters in Fairlands on Monday where Pirates were drawn alongside Kaizer Chiefs in the crunch semi-final fixture.

"I had a chat with Teko before the game started because I could see that he was nervous," said Lekgwathi.

"I told him that he must not put himself under pressure and go out there and play as normally does.

"I think that he did played well in that game, and is getting back to his best form, so just give him some time."

Lekgwathi added that he was pleased with how the defence played in the absence of the suspended Rooi Mahamusta and Happy Jele and the injured Lucas Thwala.

Bucs coach Ruud Krol opted for the versatile Oupa Manyisa at right-back, with Zimbabwean Zvenise Makonase, Ruben Cloete and Lekgwathi completing the back four.

"I think that we did well, and as an experienced player I was communicating constantly with the guys, especially Manyisa who played about three or four times in that position last season," said Lekgwathi.

"But as much as it doesn't matter who I play alongside at the back, I'm happy that Rooi and Happy are now back from suspension and are available for selection for our next games."

Pirates' next game will be this season's Premiership opener against Vasco da Gama at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night. 


  • Remy Radebe - 2010-08-24 10:44

    I am Mamelodi sundowns supporter, i think Teko is a great player he needs to be given a support to overcome whatever is been holding him back.Like everyone else sometimes in life you get to situation where everything seems not working, keep up a good perfomance General.

  • social bookmarking - 2010-08-24 10:52

    i always follow your posts about soccer as i love this sport too much. The news was good as many times :)

  • Mvuleni Mnisi - 2010-08-24 12:26

    Teko has a gift not talent so you cant take away a gift like it or not cum rain or no rain he is the Mzansi model. when Messi,Ronaldo etc do tricks with a ball we praises them but we cant praises our own shame on C Bongo, Desh B they make me sick. critising Teko banomona.

  • Sipho - 2010-08-24 12:48

    Teko is great player, & I am going to say this again; he can even go further than Tshabalala....don't get me wrong I am a die hard Chiefs fan but also a big supporter of SA football. He is great tallent just like Benni MacCarthy he needs our support in whatever he is going through.

  • lolo - 2010-08-24 13:15

    You see soccer is like a music choir and Teko is the conductor gents. He is the only guy in this country who plays the game with the freedom that is required of a play maker. Unlike these scared players who just blindly follow the coach's instructions forgeting that the coach is not the one playing. Just look at Madubanya, the guy will never player for the national team because he has neglected his identity.

  • Gamors - 2010-08-24 15:32

    @mvuleni where was the "talented" Teko 4 da past two years? Sipho can u realy compare Teko & Shaba? Pls man. I personaly am glad shit happened him cos all da years his been glorified 4 nothing. He's da reason y Pirates is not winning anything. Get rid of him SA soccer is better without him

  • WICKUS BATT - 2010-08-24 19:11

    mvuleni mnisi the diffrence between Teko Modise, Renaldo and Messi is that Renaldo and Messi scores plus minus 30 goals a season. How many does Teko score? I rest my case....

  • Killah - 2010-08-25 23:36

    Wht goes up eventually cumz down..u wnt stay top forever,remembr kaka,ronaldinho,C.ronaldo,rooney,torres,ac milan,man utd,liverpool,brasil,italy shud i continue?even spain wil eventually go down...thats life!ol th critism teko is gettin is unfair

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