Former Bafana player Isaac Kungwane talks to Goal.com about how soccer has changed, and that Modise would have walked into previous Bafana teams with his entertaining style
The names of Doctor Khumalo and Zane Moosa amongst others will always be remembered in South African football for the entertainment that they brought on the field of play whilst attacking.
Former Kaizer Chiefs player Isaac ‘Shakes’ Kungwane who made a name for himself with his unique passes feels that Teko Modise would have entertained the fans during the Afcon tournament. However coach Gordon Igesund has chosen to eliminate the Sundowns midfielder from the squad.
“I feel Modise would have been an ideal player in the side. Not only does he play entertaining football but he also attacks which is what we need as a host nation,” said Kungwane.
Kungwane said he is fully aware that the times have changed and that hard work pays off for the team.
“Maybe if he was playing in our times he would have been in the squad. The transformation and growth of football has seen the most talented players not being selected. This has opened up doors to those who work extra hard and at some times produce average football,” said Kungwane.
Although Kungwane’s career was cut short by an injury after having won several cups for Kaizer Chiefs in 1992 which includes the League, Bob Save Super Bowl and BP Top 8, hopes now rest on Oupa Manyisa and Thulani Serero.
“I think both of these players (Serero and Manyisa) represent what South African football is all about. Surely they have proved that they have the talent and what is left for them now is to continue working hard,” he said.
Kungwane also said the current Bafana crop should not put unnecessary pressure on themselves by trying to be the 1996 team.
“This should not scare our players but they need to stay focused and love what they do. We cannot run away from the fact that there is lot of pressure on them since they are the host nation but they should not put that on their heads,” he said.