Absa Premiership

Modise: We were both hungry with Benni

2018-05-24 14:55
Dean Furman tackles Teko Modise (Gallo)

Cape Town - Teko Modise says Benni McCarthy was able to get the best out of him at Cape Town City because they were both hungry to succeed in their first year at the club. 

Modise joined City after managing just three starts in the previous campaign at Mamelodi Sundowns and was happy to see more playing time with the Cape Town based outfit. 

The veteran midfielder admitted that he could have done better if he did not spend a lot of time on the treatment table nursing injuries. 

However, the 35-year old said he was happy with his contribution in his first year with City. 

Modise told the SABC: "It was tough, I mean, from being a regular at Sundowns to end up playing three games. Of course, It's tough. 

"I also wanted to play, but I knew the chances were slim because other guys playing in my position were doing well and i went for change. 

"I think what made it work for me and Benni is that we were both new at the club and he wanted to succeed. I wanted to succeed as well because it was my new environment and I wanted to play. 

"So the first thing that Benni told me is that whenever I feel good to play I should tell him. For a coach to tell you that, obviously it makes you want to play. Every time he selected me to play, I played well.

"But it's just that the season did not go well for me because of the injuries that I had. I thought I could have played more games if it was not for the injuries." 

The former Bafana Bafana captain feel City could have done better had they been consistent throughout the season. 

Modise said his side always came to the party when they played against the Premiership big guns, but failed to maintain the same standards against the smaller clubs. 

Added Modise: "I think it’s a season where we learnt a lot, the mistakes that we did. I think at some point we could have been position one or two in the table and we lost games that we were supposed to have won against the so called smaller teams. 

"I know whenever we played the big teams we always showed up, I think the consistency in our team was not there. Those are the things we learnt as well."

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