Teko scores R18m with Downs move

2011-01-30 21:41

Teko Modise, who this week joined Mamelodi Sundowns in a transfer said to be in the region of R6 million and a package worth R12 million to him over three-and-a-half years ­including the signing-on fee, is ­joining an unhappy camp.

Sources close to the negotiations revealed that Modise did not come cheap from Orlando Pirates. They said the deal was struck by the two clubs’ chairpersons Irvin Khoza and Patrice Motsepe, who have done business before involving ­Robyn Johannes, Innocent Mdledle, Lebohang Mokoena and the late Gift Leremi.

The source said: “This is a good deal for the player as he will be among the top earners in the country, but he did not come cheap from Pirates.”

But Modise will find that all is not well in the Downs camp as players are not happy with coach Antonio Lopez’s rotation system, according to a source within Downs.

To compound Downs’ woes, star striker Katlego Mphela has not reported for training since last weekend when the team lost to Tshwane rivals SuperSport United.

Mphela is trying to force a move away from Chloorkop, but the club has made it clear that it was not ­prepared to release its most-prized asset without a formidable deal.

Sundowns technical adviser Trott Moloto denied the rift between players and the coach, saying no one had laid a formal complaint.

In fact, added Moloto, the coach had a meeting with some senior players to outline their approach to the second half of the season.

“We haven’t heard anything from the players. All we hear about unhappy players is from the media people. This week the coach had a fruitful meeting with the players and if there was anything to the contrary, it would have surfaced. But obviously there would be one or two disgruntled players if they don’t get game time and that is normal and expected,” said Moloto.
But Modise was not concerned about the reported unhappiness in the Downs camp.

The former Orlando Pirates midfielder said he was at Downs to work and wanted to focus on the playing field.

“I was very frustrated at Pirates because of not playing, and I want to make amends and do what I know best.

“I am here to resurrect my career and I don’t want to be involved in the club’s politics,” said Modise.

But he conceded he would have to fight for his position as he was not guaranteed a starting berth in the star-studded Downs.

He said he was not ready to play as yet as he wanted to train and get to know his new team-mates first.

He was barred from training with Pirates after he went AWOL a ­fortnight ago.

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