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Makume – Why I’d Like To Reach Out To Teko Modise

Former Baroka FC and Maritzburg United defender Bonginkosi Makume wants to reach out to the legendary Teko Modise and ask him how the latter survived the toughest moments of his career.

Makume said this as he finds himself in unfamiliar territory where he doesn’t have a club after leaving the KwaZulu-Natal-based outfit this season because of financial reasons.

The 27-year-old had joined the Team of Choice at the beginning of last season on a two-year deal from relegated Baroka FC. But, at the end of the term United also got the chop to the Motsepe Foundation Championship and the club opted to part ways with him.

Makume told iDiski Times writer Lethabo Kganyago in edition 122 of the newspaper, that he was willing to stay at the club but the parties couldn’t agree on financial terms.

In a twist to his story the player was called-up to the Bafana Bafana squad for the recent COSAFA Cup – something he thought could work in his favour in securing a club. However, he still finds himself as a free agent, telling Kganyago that he would like to talk to Modise as he can relate with him after some people stated he was cursed following back-to-back relegations.

“I think now, if I had Teko Modise’s numbers I’d reach out to him and ask him, ‘how did you deal with a situation where everything feels like the whole world is closing in on you?’ Makume told iDiski Times.

“I’d ask him how he survived all those thoughts that he had. When you read and when you hear when he speaks about his story, he also believed at some point that he was cursed but I don’t want to think like that.

“I know that it’s football, it’s life but I wish I could just reach out to him because I don’t want to lie I can relate to what he was going through.

“I mean now everyone is employed, everyone has a club in the PSL and you are the only one that’s left out. It hurts. I don’t want to lie.

“It’s a very painful thing to go through knowing that you were one of the best performers last season, even though the team got relegated, but you were one of the standout performers, probably a player that had most Man of the match Awards last season in my team.

“You tend to ask yourself questions, you tend to doubt yourself and your abilities but you do know what you are capable of and what you can do in the field of play.

“It’s just for you to take it as a learning curve and be positive and say ‘it’s fine. I’m going through it now and it shouldn’t be a sign to give up’. You just have to take it like a man, take it on the chin and keep going because something will come up and when something comes up you get to prove yourself again.

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“That’s the mentality I have dealing with this situation. I’m waiting for another chance and if I get it I’m going to use it again because I don’t think there is a team that I played for and I didn’t give my best.”

You can read Makume’s full interview with Kganyago in edition 122 of the newspaper available on iDiski Times website.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.