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Modiba – I Needed To Look Myself In The Mirror

Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Aubrey Modiba says he understands why some fans were not happy with his performance in his first few matches in yellow, Lethabo Kganyago reports.

Modiba was crowned league champion in his first season with the Brazilians and admits he didn’t hit the ground running and he needed to be honest with himself because those that expressed their dissatisfaction were not thumb sucking it.

“I don’t really look into that because those things can affect you as a player they can also build you but I didn’t look too much into that,” he explains.

“But I could feel I could see some of the things that you know people were not happy with how I was performing and they were right.

“That’s when I needed to look myself in the mirror and be able to say you know you can do better you can achieve you can work hard and be in the team because you are not here by mistake.

“They brought you here seeing something from you so I think it was up to me to be able to go back into the team and perform.”

The 25-year-old who has won silverware at his previous club SuperSport United also conceded that winning the league is a different feeling altogether.

“I think the league was the first thing on my list because I really wanted to win the league. Four years stay at SuperSport we were not able to achieve that, we won some trophies I think this one was different because the league was something I really wanted to win as a person as a player and obviously play in the CAF Champions league. I think this was different and it was a different feeling,” he added. 

‘The Postman’ as Modiba is affectionately known says he needed to have mental strength to be able to bounce back from his shaky start at Sundowns before adding he was used to play regularly and he realised that it wasn’t going to be easy to stake a claim at a regular starting spot at his new home as other players were doing well.

He also reveals he needed to break out of his shell to unleash his potential thanking his coaches for the encouragement.

“Confidence and a new environment as well, I was more in my own shell so you know the coaches used to motivate me to come out of my shell because they know the potential that I have and they kept on pushing me. I needed to work more harder so that I can be able to compete and I did exactly that. I think the coaches played a big role in terms of me coming out of my shell and being able to perform,” expressed Modiba.  

Meanwhile Modiba together with his partners Phuti Matt foundation and Adidas donated sport apparel including balls, football kits boots and sneakers to his former club Hungry Lions and his former school Makgafela primary in Mentz outside Polokwane on Wednesday. He says nothing makes him happy than putting a smile on the players faces.

“It’s always nice to give back, it’s always nice to see happy faces of the players around where I am from. We always try and visit so many communities and not specifically where we are from but where we can help as much as we can. Where they need our help we always try,” he concluded.  

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