Emotional Teko Modise Hangs up His Boots

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Cape Town City midfielder Teko Modise has announced his decision to retire from playing professional football at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.

Considered one of the best players of his generation in South Africa, the 'General' made his decision known via an emotional message on City's Twitter page on Friday morning.

Modise arrived at City last season after a successful spell at Mamelodi Sundowns where he won two Premiership titles, the CAF Champions League and Super Cup, as well as the Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cup.

In addition, he helped the Citizens secure an MTN8 title earlier this season as well.

The 36-year-old was also a fan favourite for Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United at the start of his career and he made over 50 appearances for Bafana Bafana, which included taking part at the FIFA Confederations Cup, the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.

He said: "Going to training today was different, even though I use the same route that I take everyday. When I got there I didn't know whether to laugh, to smile or to cry. I've always wanted to be a professional footballer. It was the only place where I was happy.

"Growing up and getting recognised, I wanted to be Doctor Khumalo of this era. I knew that one day this day would come and I actually say, proudly so, that I have achieved everything that I wanted to achieve as a footballer.

"I just hope that a couple years from now somebody else will be sitting right here and being able to say that they got inspired by my career."

Modise is set to stay on with City in a different capacity though it is unclear what the role will be at this stage.


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