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The Curse: Teko Modise Details Muti Rituals at Pirates

Cape Town City midfielder Teko Modise released his new memoir, The Curse of Teko Modise, on November 28. The tell-all book details some of...

Cape Town City midfielder Teko Modise released his new memoir, The Curse of Teko Modise, on November 28.

The tell-all book details some of the most dramatic moments in his life, including how Orlando Pirates players allegedly performed muti rituals before games.

The rituals are said to have occurred when he played for the Pirates, between 2007 and 2011.

“We believed in muti a lot at Orlando Pirates. We used to bath a lot [in muti]. The whole body was itchy,” Modise asserted at his book launch.

“Players didn’t know what was in the bath. We just did what we were told to do, and if we didn’t do what were supposed to do, obviously it’s got its own punishment,” he added.

“It [muti] is within the culture of Orlando Pirates. I found it there, and I’m sure there are guys who have played before me that would be cultured like that.”
Teko Modise

Modise is the second former Pirates player to claim that the club was using muti after Benson Mhlongo said Platinum Stars was the only club he had played for that never forced him to use muthi in an interview with SABC Sport.

The claims have received mixed reactions on social media, with many unfazed by the club’s reported practices.

Teko Tsholofelo Modise was born on born 22 December, 1982 in Meadowlands, Gauteng) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Cape Town City in the Premier Soccer League. 

He is also full South African international having made 66 appearances and scored 10 goals since his debut in 2007. Regarded as one of the greatest PSL players of the modern era today, Modise's career began in the lower leagues of South African football with Ria Stars and City Pillars.

During his time with the latter, he won the Mvela Golden League Player of the Season award, which earned him a move to top-flight side Superpsort United in 2006.

The following season he joined local rivals Orlando Pirates with whom he spent six years, winning two PSL Footballer of the Year awards, including the inaugural award, and two club honours.

Whilst at Pirates, he earned the nickname "the General" for his ability to direct play and soon became a regular within the national team set-up.

Following a falling out with club management in 2011, he transferred to Mamelodi Sundowns where he spent a further six years and won no fewer than five club titles. 

He also captained the side for the 2012-13 season. In 2017, he chose not to renew his contract with the club, electing instead to sign for Cape Town City.

Modise also made 66 appearances for South Africa between 2007 and 2012, and represented the nation at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, and 2010 FIFA World Cup tournaments. - Online Sources

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