Teko Modise in a papgeld pickle again

2013-09-08 14:00

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Teko Modise, one of the Premier Soccer League’s highest-paid football players, was dragged to the maintenance court this week.

The Mamelodi Sundowns attacking midfielder appeared before the Namakgale Maintenance Court near Phalaborwa in Limpopo on Tuesday.

The mother of one of his three children applied for an increase in the amount of money he pays her each month.

Modise fathered the now school-going child when he was still playing for a first division club in Limpopo.

His relationship with the woman ended when he moved to Johannesburg in 2007 to join SuperSport United.

A local resident in court, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the child’s mother filed the case after Modise failed to pay school fees and buy groceries.

The resident said Modise had been paying more than R1?000 a month towards the little girl’s maintenance and refused to increase the amount when asked to do so.

It was revealed by Kick Off magazine that Modise was earning a monthly salary of about R150?000 at The Brazilians.

Kabelo Mosito, spokesperson for Sundowns, said on Friday the club did not discuss player salaries as it was a “private matter”.

Modise has also earned a bit from his endorsement deals with brands such as Shield deodorant, electronics company Samsung and fast food chain McDonald’s.

The midfielder has a taste for fine wheels, having been seen driving around in a BMW X6, M3 and 1 Series coupé, an Audi RS4, a Range Rover, Aston Martin and a Bentley.

He lives in a R5?million property in the affluent suburb of Ruimsig, west of Joburg.

The local resident in court said the child’s mother “decided to take the legal route” after her request for more money was refused.

Modise, dressed in a white shirt, black-and-blue blazer and black pants, arrived at court in a tomato-red BMW 1 Series coupé accompanied by a friend.

The court ordered him to increase his maintenance payment to R5?000 a month.

After proceedings, Modise spoke to the child’s mother before getting into his car and driving back to Joburg.

The woman, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, confirmed that she filed a case against Modise, but declined to discuss the details.

Another source close to Modise said he had been paying maintenance, but the child’s mother demanded an increase after learning that he was paying more for the children he has with his ex-wife, Felecia.

“He suspects the two have been ganging up against him,” he said.

When called for comment, Modise denied ever appearing in the maintenance court on Tuesday.

His agent Jazzman Mahlakgane, however, said Modise and the child’s mother agreed that he would increase his maintenance payments to R5?000.

This is not the first time the football star has found himself in a papgeld pickle.

Kick Off also reported that Modise previously faced jail time after failing to honour a court order to pay R31?000 in maintenance for his two children with Felecia.

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