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Teko Modise chooses when to play – Benni McCarthy

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Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy predicts bright future for Thabo Nodada

Benni McCarthy has revealed that his Absa Premiership legendary player, Teko Modise, gets to decide when to play or sit out games at Cape Town City FC.

Cape Town City FC’s head coach, Benni McCarthy, has an unusual and surprising way of managing the highly experienced Teko Modise, in that the player is given the opportunity to pick which matches he wants to play.

Modise, aged 35, is presumably enjoying the final chapter of his career this season at Hartleyvale.

McCarthy says that Modise deservedly gained the due regard for his wishes and it’s a process he picked up from his own playing past in Europe.

“I always ask him when he wants to play not that players have preference. We were teammates and I think he’s earned my respect. For me to have this type of relationship with him, I’ve seen it when I was a younger player, how [Jose] Mourinho was with the senior players, not that I’m saying I want to be like him,” said McCarthy.

The young coach gave a further explanation about physical effort and Teko’s age of 35.

“I think you get the best out of them when you select the kind of games they want to play. Obviously, you have to consider traveling and the strain you take on your body. If you [are] over 32, your body responds differently to someone like Craig Martin,” said McCarthy to local media.

“He [Modise] knows his body better than me. The fitness guys might say ‘no he’s okay, he can play two 90-minute games’, but if he tells me otherwise I have to go with what he says. If he gives me an indication that his legs are tired then somebody else gets the nod,” he concluded.

Modise’s next outing will be his 276th Absa Premiership game.

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