Modise sets eyes on big prize

Sunday World - - SPORT - TSHEPANG MAIL­WANE

TEKO Modise would not have wanted his ca­reer to take a dif­fer­ent path to the one is he cur­rently on.

At 33, Modise is head­ing to­wards the end of his ca­reer and he can one day tell his grand­chil­dren about how he and his Mamelodi Sun­downs team­mates held the hon­our of be­ing do­mes­tic and con­ti­nen­tal cham­pi­ons in 2016.

That, of course, is if Sun­downs fin­ish off Za­malek in the CAF Cham­pi­ons League sec­ond leg fi­nal at Borg El Arab Sta­dium in Alexan­dria tonight. Sun­downs take a 3-0 lead into the highly an­tic­i­pated match and need to play with guts and guile to en­sure they come back to South Africa on Tues­day as African cham­pi­ons. I ap­pre­ci­ate where I am now “and I be­lieve ev­ery­thing has its own time. For me to be in this po­si­tion jus­ti­fies the hard­ships that I had,” said Modise. This is an op­por­tu­nity for “ev­ery­one. We don t know if the

’ younger ones who will come here in fu­ture will have the same op­por­tu­nity that we have. So we need to take it, be­cause we do not know [what the fu­ture holds]. We ve worked for it and “’ we need to be proud of it,” said the cen­tral mid­fielder. He added: This is the

“big­gest game for me at club level. I have never been in this po­si­tion be­fore and there s a big op­por­tu­nity for me

’ and Mamelodi Sun­downs as well. The last time the team was in the fi­nal was a long time ago [in 2001]. We are in a po­si­tion to make his­tory, so we need to do what we need to do.”

The de­bate about which is the great­est Sun­downs team has been go­ing on for a few weeks now, but the cur­rent gen­er­a­tion would surely be up the as the best if they win the Cham­pi­ons League tonight. Maybe it might sound “dis­re­spect­ful to other guys, but hon­estly we just want to win it and hope­fully we will be counted as such (the great­est gen­er­a­tion). They tried it be­fore, but they never won it, so they paved the way for us. So we do not want to dis­re­spect (the class of 2001).”

Modise is not in­tim­i­dated by Za­malek s suc­cess in

’ this com­pe­ti­tion, with five ti­tles to their name. He is wary of the White Knights, but has warned that Sun­downs would not sit back and pro­tect their 3-0 lead. We need to at least get one goal “and play our nor­mal game. We need to play at­tack­ing foot­ball, that s the

’ best way to de­fend. We just hope ev­ery­body will have calm nerves on Sun­day to score the goals.”

Sun­downs ar­rived in Alexan­dria on Thurs­day and were de­nied a train­ing pitch on ar­rival. But they have not let any of the off-the-field an­tics get to them.

All Sun­downs are wor­ried about is mak­ing his­tory.

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