Soc­cer star vents af­ter los­ing his home

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Tsholofelo “Teko” Modise, one of the coun­try’s high­est-paid football stars, has lost his home in Johannesburg af­ter he failed to keep up with his bond re­pay­ments for months.

City Press un­der­stands that the Mamelodi Sun­downs midfielder’s home was about to go un­der the ham­mer, but was snapped up by a mys­tery buyer just a day be­fore the auc­tion.

Sources close to the sale told City Press this week that Modise’s dou­ble-storey Tus­can-style home in Wil­low­brook Es­tate in the up-mar­ket West Rand sub­urb of Ruim­sig was sched­uled to be sold on auc­tion on July 10. How­ever, Modise’s lawyer called the bank’s lawyers to tell them that his client had a “pri­vate buyer” who was in­ter­ested in buy­ing the three-bed­room house.

The name of the pri­vate buyer is known to City Press.

“The pri­vate buyer made an of­fer to pur­chase of R2 mil­lion and the of­fer was ac­cepted, and the sale in ex­e­cu­tion was can­celled,” said a source with knowl­edge of the trans­ac­tion.

The source said Modise’s buyer had al­ready made hefty pay­ments on the prop­erty, in­clud­ing a de­posit of R500 000 on the day the auc­tion was sup­posed to have taken place.

How­ever, City Press has learnt that the mys­tery buyer has not kicked the soc­cer star out of his home. Modise was still stay­ing there af­ter com­ing to an ar­range­ment with the new owner, said two well-placed sources.

Court pa­pers show that Modise has been de­fault­ing on his monthly bond re­pay­ment of R11 971 for the past seven months. The last time he paid his bond was in De­cem­ber.

Modise, who is ru­moured to earn as much as R400 000 a month from the coun­try’s wealth­i­est soc­cer club, was in ar­rears on his bond to the tune of R130 364. Modise was un­avail­able for com­ment this week be­cause he was in Namibia with his team on a pre­sea­son tour to de­fend the Dr Hage Gein­gob Tro­phy.

But he did take to In­sta­gram to vent against his haters. “We nor­mally don’t celebrate our own, what we do, we bash them till we be­come proud of our hate,” he wrote.

“Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual striv­ing for great­ness be­comes a tar­get. The day you de­cided to be the best you can be, just know your haters.”

Modise’s man­ager, Jazzman Mahlak­gane, would nei­ther con­firm nor deny the sale of the house.

“Sorry! I have no com­ment,” he said be­fore hang­ing up the phone.

Modise and his for­mer wife, Feli­cia, bought the house in 2010. They were mar­ried in com­mu­nity of prop­erty and have a five-year-old daugh­ter to­gether. Their di­vorce was fi­nalised in 2013.

When City Press phoned Feli­cia to ask her if she knew that her for­mer hus­band had lost his home, she was shocked: “This is news to me. I wasn’t aware that the house was in ar­rears.”

Johannesburg at­tor­ney Hugh Raich­lin said the prob­lem was that many soc­cer play­ers had not been suf­fi­ciently taught how to han­dle the wealth that comes from their tal­ent.

“Most of these soc­cer play­ers are young and im­ma­ture, and they don’t have a struc­tured plan to han­dle their fi­nances. When they see a lot of money in their bank ac­counts, they be­come over­whelmed. They spend it on ma­te­ri­als things like ex­pen­sive clothes and lux­ury cars.”

Raich­lin said it was not a prob­lem unique to South Africa, and play­ers in big leagues abroad ex­pe­ri­enced the same dif­fi­cul­ties.

Mean­while, last month’s Move! mag­a­zine re­ported that Modise and Feli­cia were back in each other’s arms. At the time, both re­fused to con­firm or deny the claims.

The mag­a­zine re­ported that Modise dumped his fiancée, Lizelle Ta­bane, for Feli­cia af­ter re­al­is­ing that the re­la­tion­ship was go­ing nowhere.

How­ever, Feli­cia told City Press this week that she was un­happy with the “un­founded” ru­mours that have been do­ing the rounds for weeks.

“I’m not back with Teko, but I’ll al­ways re­spect the fact that he’s my baby’s dad. I’m in a re­la­tion­ship, but not with him,” she said.

PHOTO: LUCKY NXUMALO

DROP­PING THE BALL Teko Modise (be­low) was forced to sell his house at Wil­low­brook Es­tate (above) be­cause he is in ar­rears with his bond

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