Former Banyana Banyana captain Portia Modise has explained why she is not worried about not being part of the Women’s national technical team.
Many former footballers turn to coaching or administrators after their careers are over. Many fans would have thought that Modise, with her experience, could be a big help to the women’s national team. Surprisingly that has not been the case.
Modise started to translate her experience to young players as a coach while she was still a player. Initially when she spent time with Orlando Pirates academy in 2006. She also had a stint in the SAB league, having coached eZasedladleni FC in Mamelodi in 2018.
Modise is currently coaching at her Portia Modise Academy, she is a motivational speaker, and was recently named the DStv Compact ambassador.
The thirty-nine-year-old Modise, who holds the record of Banyana’s all-time top goal scorer with 101 goals in total, said being snubbed by the current SAFA leadership “who do not understand football” does not worry her at all.
“There are things that you allow to hurt you and there are things that you don’t allow to hurt you. We know that” Modise told Thisisfootball.Africa.
“When you are being respected, recognized the way you are supposed to, when your voice is being heard, when you are treated the way you treated the country, then I’m 100 percent sure that with good leadership, that person would have been honored by now.
“I’m talking about people who played, people who understand the game. I’m talking about people who know the background of our football, people who know how we sacrificed for our football.
“I believe if those type of people were leading our football, they would have looked at us and said let’s respect them, lets honor them. They could honor us because they understand the game.
“When this is done by people who haven’t played the game and who are unfair, then it can never hurt you, because you know that you are better than that.”
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