Krol: Media must let Teko be

2009-11-23 09:30

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." 


  • Mandlendoda - 2009-11-23 09:39

    "The media here they make it from a mosquito to an elephant!" Bull***, this is ordinary you can go anywhere in the world,the media says what they want about players,good or bad it's their job,it's not uniquely South African. What i don't understand is that Teko is benched at Pirates but he goes and makes it in the starting line up in Bafana,what's that? Are these guys watching a different league and they blindly select players that are out of form here?

  • junsau - 2009-11-23 09:48

    Can someone please tell me why there are more Sundowns, Chiefs and Pirates players in Bafana Bafana than players from the top PSL teams? ie... Ajax, Santos and Supersport. The latter being the undisputed kings of the PSL for three years now. Teko is Highly overrated and should be left out of the squad. Tshabalala still merits his place on the bench but Teko needs to be excluded. He has a clear lack of vision for someone who is supposed to be a playmaker. Oi vey

  • Mlamli - 2009-11-23 09:56

    Media or no Media Pirates scored 3 goals in two consecutive matches. The left wing is the best now and the winger there Phenyo Mongala is delivering. Shakira is doing things in the middle Teko must fight for his position at Pirates. Well at Bafana Bafana he is guarenteed a starting berth anyway so .. Bench him that's it.

  • kb - 2009-11-23 10:26

    @Mandlendoda11/23/2009 9:39 AM - i agree 100%! i hate this tendency of people enjoying to say that "only in SA", or "only in Africa" when such things (ie not only this media thing, but MANY MANY other things) happen everywhere in the world... including europe where seemingly they sht yogurt or something!!

  • manga Mashiane - 2009-11-23 10:27

    I think Teko is really tired. Coach krol is doing well in resting the player. The boy has been overly used.he definately needs a break.

  • Miso - 2009-11-23 10:36

    If Teko was not an exceptional player, we would not be talking about him right now. Teko's problem is Pirates. Look at Cheese now, he is again thriving after having his career almost distroyed Irvin Khoza needs to wake up and focus his energy at fixing whatever problems are there at Pirates and forget about SAFA.

  • Rockman - 2009-11-23 10:59

    I agree with what Junsau says and that's why S.A. soccer won't go anywhere. As for teko....he has no vision and can only concentrate on the move that he is currently making on the field. He cannot see open spaces or other players on the field. As for making the Bafana team......I really do not want to comment on this selction process we have. Soccer is for all the S.A. soccer players and not for a select few.

  • Motlhageng - 2009-11-23 11:28

    It cannot be correct that we destroy our own players. We should know that there are ups and downs in life. Teko will bounce back and he will not do it for Pirates only but for SA too. Let's not be hush and cruel when our players go through a rough patch. They need our support. We need to come to our senses and give credit and support where they are due.

  • junsau - 2009-11-23 11:38

    @Miso... Don't know if you've noticed but people do talk about rubbish players as well. The only Cheese worth noting is the one I have on my bread for lunch and the one Teko has in his skills when playing for Bafana.

  • DKNY - 2009-11-23 12:32

    Junsau, I am sorry to say this but you are just talking crap my man.... Teko has been the Player of the year for 2 consecutive seasons, this does not happen by luck, it takes a quality player to perfom consistently at that level. One thing you should know.. is that FORM IS TEMPORARY, CLASS IS PERMANENT!!!!!!!! If there is one overrated player out there it has to be Siphiwe Tshabalala.

  • Bongani - 2009-11-23 12:33

    People complained because Krol insisted on playing Teko whilst he was off form.Most of us know what Teko can deliver especially when on song.Krol was the one who put him in the firing line instead of resting him,thereby exposing him to all the criticism.Does he expect us to sing the boy's praises when underperfoming?

  • khau - 2009-11-23 12:38

    All he needs is to be dropped from the national squad, so he can focus only on re-gaining his form at Pirates (then after, he can compete for the Bafana position) He needs to see another player (in the national squad) performing in his position and he will forget about all the Coca Cola deals he has received and see that no one is indispensable. He is just a little big headed if you ask me... and its a norm in sport. So... deal with him accordingly.

  • Mell - 2009-11-23 13:10

    I think that Ruud Krol should let the media do its job. Who is he to tell our newsmen what to write or not to write. Fact is, when Teko arrived in the local football scene we all thought he was as good or even better than the likes of Jomo Sono, Doctor khumalo and Zane Moosa's of this world. It turns out he is just an ordinary player who is as predictable as most of the players in the PSL. If Ruud krol says the likes of Cristiano and Gerrard also experience a drop in form, he is telling the truth but the difference is even when they are not in the best of form they work hard and make their presence felt. They, unlike Teko, will never go six month without scoring a goal. I rest my case.

  • Lucky - 2009-11-23 13:28

    When a class player suddenly fall out of form, the media surely will make a meal out of it. And this is a case with Teko. The boy is a class to watch,even when he is out of form you can still notice his class and composure. Soon he'll come back to his best form - continue hard work "The General"

  • Rodrigo - 2009-11-23 14:18

    Here is just one simple fact: Good players are all around the world and Southafican players are not out of this rule. No doubt, Modise is a good player. The issue here is to know if he is a national team kind of player. The answer for me is no. And here is why: as southamerican i'm used to play with passion and love for your national team, to put on that shirt must be the best experience for a player. I'm not kidding, but i have never saw a player with so little passion and love for a national side. He can keep Pirates jersey on, but i'm sure there is more than one player around that can play as good as him and for sure craving to have a chance in the squad. Modise fall into "pecho frio" (cold chest) category, and that can't be take it lightly. If your national team jearsey can't take the best from deep inside of you, i don't know.....

  • kb - 2009-11-23 15:00

    @Miso11/23/2009 10:36 AM, "if Teko was not an exceptional player, we would not be talking about him right now" - - well i beg to differ, we talk continuously about players like aaron mokoena and benni who dont add much value... we are talking about him bcos he is not adding value but still feature in the team(s)... if he was not featuring, we would not talk about him

  • muktar - 2009-11-23 15:20

    what ever it is .teko beeing tired it dont have nothing to do for the national many other psl players plying for bafana and still number one like shipiwem mphela and many more.teko made enough money and now hre we go he is finish. just like pule

  • DISKI - 2009-11-23 18:55

    Teko is a star. And the drop in form is evident to see even for us the hardcore pirates supporters but i dont know if you guys suffer from amnesia or just selective memory loss but the boy has been a revelation to Mzansi soccer for the last couple of seasons even @ Supersport with Mashego.So if you self proclaimed soccer (couch) experts are gonna judge the man atleast know the facts before you start typing or atleast walk a day in his shoes and yes that includes morning and midday training and play on national TV with opposition teams strategy to harass him out off the game (neutralise him). IF any of you idiots can do that then...will talk until then keep your opinions/criticism to yoself until then meet u at the stadium.

  • Major - 2009-11-24 11:34

    It’s a pity that most of you idiots can’t even kick a ball or run for five minutes but what you can do is to talk nonsense about the boy who has been best player for two straight seasons. Like everyone else, he needs a big break! People that is not the way to trite our players. Not that because they use their talent to make a living for them self, it means that they mast not respected.

  • junsau - 2009-11-24 11:54

    So back to my first question... Why are the majority of Bafana Bafana taken from average sides such as Chiefs, Sundowns and Pirates? When clearly the best players in the country are playing for Supersport, Ajax and Santos. There are players who as far as creativity go, have far more of it than Teko and Tshabalala put together in the TOP THREE TEAMS of the PSL.

  • Mandoza - 2009-11-25 08:30

    DKNY,i fully agree with you.

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