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Modise Weighs In On Player Of The Season Debate

Bafana Bafana legend Teko Modise has given his views on who could walk away with the DStv Premiership Footballer of the Season.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates midfielder, a former winner of the prestigious award, was speaking to David Kappel in the latest edition of the iDiski Times newspaper.

Now a TV pundit with SuperSport, Modise said that last year’s winner, Teboho Mokoena, had been outstanding when on the pitch, but he has also been impressed by Mokoena’s Sundowns’ teammate Lucas Ribeiro, and Orlando Pirates’ Patrick Maswanganyi.

Modise also added Devin Titus’ name to the hat, saying the Stellenbosch winger had also impressed him.

“Oh, man. I haven’t thought of the Player of the Season. I mean, where do you start?” Modise said to iDiski Times.

“Because now we all forget about the first round because a lot has happened in between, and then you have AFCON that happened, and then comes the second leg of the season, and you see players performing well four games in a row, while really this conversation is for Player of the Year. So it’s always a tricky, tricky, tricky one. 

“But if I have to pick players I think that have been outstanding this season [Teboho] Mokoena is still one of them. I think Tito Maswanganyi is also doing well for Orlando Pirates. Also from a player that is in his first season in South African football, I think [Lucas] Ribeiro as well, he’s surprised me a lot. I mean, I didn’t know what to expect but he’s surprised me a lot. 

“And I think there’s maybe another few that I’m actually forgetting. But I think from the top teams, I think it’s those ones. But I can also throw in [Devin] Titus as well. I think he’s been outstanding for Stellies. I mean, for a so-called smaller club, and with not a bigger squad with so much talent around them and to be able to get results after results, with the young players that are so grounded, I think it takes a lot from the coach and the management. 

“And I think I’ll always look at that as well, knowing the challenges of youngsters in the country. So I’ll still throw him in as one of the players as well.”

The Footballer of the Season is voted for by all the DStv Premiership coaches.

You can read Modise’s full interview with Kappel in edition 153 of our newspaper when you join our FREE iDiski Times WhatsApp channel.

David Kappel
David Kappel
David Kappel has served as a renowned international editor and content manager for almost a decade. David specialises in ensuring content and social media posts are highly engaging for football fans and was previously the international editor at Soccer Laduma. He is currently the iDiski Times website editor and social strategist.