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Mosimane says Modise was under immense pressure as club captain and that he had to appoint Schut to ease the pressure on the former Pirates player

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane has broken his silence on his decision to take the captain’s armband away from Teko Modise.

Modise officially handed the captain’s armband to Alje Schut just before the start of the new season, and Mosimane says it was the only way to get Modise back to his best.

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“I hope Teko will go back to his best, because he’s playing big time football at the moment. He looks at life differently, his energy and his playing style is a little bit different,” Mosimane told SABC Radio.

“[He] is playing more for a team, more matured. We agreed that he should give the captain’s armband to someone else to ease the pressure on him. It’s unbelievable,” he said.

Modise made a surprise move from Pirates to Sundowns in 2011, and he was given the responsibility to lead Sundowns the following season.

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He returned to the Bafana fold for a while having lost his place due to a lack of game time at Pirates and inconsistency at Sundowns.

However, Modise has since lost his place in the national team completely and he will need to work harder to convince Gordon Igesund to reconsider him for Bafana.

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