CAPE TOWN – It’s an end of an era for Mamelodi Sundowns and Teko Modise as the former Bafana Bafana midfielder takes his leave of the Brazilians.
Sundowns announced on Tuesday that they have released Modise, who is hoping to get more regular game time somewhere else after playing only a bit-part role at Chloorkop over the last season.
Modise achieved great success since joining Abafana Ba Style in 2011, winning two Premiership titles, Telkom Knockout, Nedbank Cup and then the two big ones, the Caf Champions League and Caf Super Cup.
But the 34-year-old had requested a release earlier in the season, and his wish was granted this week.
Modise took to Instagram to greet his Sundowns fans: “I wil forever be grateful for the opportunity and joy I had wearing this jersey,Thanks a lot to Memelodi Sundowns Family For Their Love And Support. I will Miss The Gents. Salute (sic).”
Sundowns said in a statement that they are “grateful to Teko for his many years of loyal service” to the Brazilians.
“Mamelodi Sundowns has decided to release Teko Modise from his contractual obligations in order for him to negotiate a good contract for himself at this stage of his football career. Mamelodi Sundowns is grateful to Teko for his many years of loyal service to the club, and wishes him everything of the very best.
“Teko played an important part in the two PSL titles and the CAF Championship, as well as the CAF Super Cup which Mamelodi Sundowns won during the past season.”
Midfield playmaker Modise, who scored 10 goals in 66 games for Bafana Bafana, has been linked with a move to Cape Town City, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.