Cape Town - When Mamelodi Sundowns midfield maestro Teko Modise retires, he wants his career to be on par with that of his role model, the legendary Doctor Khumalo.
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Modise is well on his way to replicating the career of his football hero after recently winning the PSL Midfielder of the Season award during Sunday's end-of-season gala in Sandton.
And, like Khumalo in 2004, Modise won his one and only PSL winners' medal with Sundowns after years of anguish, while he has already surpassed Khumalo in terms of Bafana caps - 66 compared to 50.
However, the 32-year-old former Bafana Bafana international believes he still has a long way to go and titles to achieve before he can call time on his career, and be considered as much as a legend as Khumalo.
"There is a certain level that I want to see myself when I retire in football and I don't think I'm even near that stage," Modise told Football411.
"So until I reach that stage, I will always want to achieve as many things as I can, because I want to see myself on the level of Doctor Khumalo and I'm very far from being there."
Modise also hailed the influence of Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane after bringing instant success to the club in his two seasons in charge.
"Having a coach that wants to use you it shows he believes in you. So it always drives you to become better, so hopefully next season I can continue playing well," he said.
"He is one of the very best coaches in the country to have coached the team. Most coaches go with the same team and he has done something different so we need to applaud that as well and respect that."
Modise is now aiming to scoop the two major individual PSL honours next term, having seen Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite do just that on Sunday
"I still want to win the Footballer of the Year award, I still want to win Player's Player of the Year," Modise added.
"I want to win the league as well so I need to work hard at training and do well for the team and help the team win more."