Teko Modise says he plays for the team at Sundowns, not himself

Bafana Bafana midfielder is hoping to break trophy jinx with TKO win against Celtic this weekend
Much of the build-up to the 2012 Telkom Knockout final between Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic on Saturday has centred around the supposed trophy jinx of Teko Modise, but the Bafana Bafana star has tried to deflect attention away from his unwanted record.

Despite being a poster boy for South African football over the past six or so years, Modise has yet to win any trophies in his career. In fact, it seems that teams only start winning medals when he leaves.

Modise was a SuperSport United player up until the 2007/08 campaign, when he left for Orlando Pirates. Immediately after his departure, Matsatsantsa went on a run of three successive league title wins.

He spent the next three and a half seasons with Pirates, but left in January 2011 for Sundowns. After he had gone, Bucs claimed the first of two successive league title wins.

He has also lost in the final of the 2006 SAA Supa8 while playing for SuperSport United against Kaizer Chiefs, and then in the 2007 decider of the same competition while on the books for Pirates against Sundowns.

He lost again in the final of the 2008 Telkom Knockout as Bucs were beaten by Ajax, while he was not in the match day squad as Pirates beat Swallows in the 2010 MTN8, so could not lift the trophy on that day.

And his most recent disappointment came when he captained Sundowns to the 2012 Nedbank Cup final in May, where they lost to his old side SuperSport United.

"I have played in cup finals before and I know that I have never won, but I won't be playing for myself on Saturday,” Modise says when questioned on his record. "We have a big squad, every player needs to be ready for the match."

He adds that there will be pressure on the players, but says they can handle the heat, especially with the support from the stands.

"We know what is expected from us as players, when you sign a contract with Sundowns then there is pressure. [But] I am expecting to see our fans coming in their numbers and we hope to make them proud.”