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Teko: If It Wasn’t For Football, I’d Probably Have Died.

There is more to Teko Modise than the high fashion, the tattoos and endless supply of football boots... He is a man from the streets who used football to survive. Today, he reveals his true story.

In an incredibly open and tear-jerking interview with Soccer Laduma, in issue 918, The Navigator revealed how he grew up on the streets, had to eat scraps and used football as his survival tool.

“Everyone knows how I came into professional football. As a nine-year-old I never had a chance to grow up with either my mom or dad,” he revealed in the latest issue of SL.

“I grew up being looked after in the care of guardians until I was 17. I never had a chance to really stay at home.  I never had a chance to sit down and talk to my mom or my dad about certain issues. I never had a chance to be kid. It forced me to grow up and look after what I had.”

Modise went on to reveal how he used to have to hide footballs away from his father in order to avoid being hit, but despite all this, he knew that football would be the one thing that would remove him for his difficult youth. 

“This was my talent as a footballer! Becoming a professional player was my only hope. The game was my therapy,” continued Donadoni. 

“Football was my whole life. It wasn’t the case where someone had to drag me out of bed in the morning to go and train. It’s something where I know where I come from. If it wasn’t for football, I’d probably have died.”

Wow! Who would’ve thought this about the talented midfielder? What are your thoughts on the matter?


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