The Carwash with Teko Modise & Sean Roberts

Welcome to The Carwash with Teko Modise and Sean Roberts! Together with our host, Sloo Phaho, we discuss the week in local football before previewing the weekend’s matches.

In our variety talk show, we cover all of the leading football stories of the week. Don't miss our feature segments like ‘This Week In Football History’, ’10 Quickfire Questions’, ‘International News Desk’ and more!

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There Are Ghosts In The Bafana Setup...

With Bafana Bafana's recent failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations, failing to earn a point against Sudan, who earned their spot with a 2-0 win over RSA, questions have been raised over the national team setup. SAFA have already fired coach Molefi Ntseki, but many believe that problems run far deeper than that, with some suggesting that the root issue exists in Bafana's administration, development, and overall vision.

Former Bafana Bafana star Teko Modise, who has represented the national team at the 2008 AFCON and 2010 FIFA World Cup among other competitions, has called for a complete overhaul of the national team setup. Speaking on the SL Podcast's "The Carwash", Modise stated, "We can't have quick fixes with coaches when the problems are still there behind the scenes. We have ghosts in the Bafana setup, and guys who have been there since Mandela was in jail. We need to change the system and think of the future 5-10 years from now, not just the 2022 World Cup."

"The System Is Designed For Us To Fail"

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) has an unfortunate history of players going broke after retirement, due to poor financial planning during their careers and the expensive lifestyles that many former stars struggled to maintain. There have been waves of calls over the years for the PSL and individual clubs to make more of an effort to prepare players for life after football, with many calling for more focus on financial literacy and education for footballers. Former Mamelodi Sundowns & Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise has now echoed this sentiment.

Speaking on the SL Podcast’s “The Carwash”, Modise argued that players face an uphill battle because of the way wages are negotiated in the league. He states “The system is designed for us to fail. Players only start to earn proper salaries when they start to peak around 27-28. Then they tell you to retire at 32. That’s not enough to sustain you through retirement.” In the full show, ‘The General’ and former Ajax Cape Town & Downs goalie Sean Roberts also break down Kaizer Chiefs’ expiring contracts and discuss local coaches flourishing in local football this season.

"I Had Opportunities To Play For Chiefs"- Teko Modise

Former Mamelodi Sundowns & Orlando Pirates midfielder Teko Modise enjoyed a legendary Premier Soccer League (PSL) career, winning back-to-back PSL Player of the Season awards with the ‘Bucaneers’ and capturing two league titles with ‘Masandawana’. The only ‘Big Three’ club which Modise hasn’t played for is Kaizer Chiefs, although there had been rumours linking ‘The General’ with a move to Naturena over the years. In the latest episode of the SL Podcast’s “The Carwash”, Modise confirms that he had various opportunities to join Amakhosi, but they never materialised.

Discussing the failed transfer during the show, Modise reveals “The first time I had the chance to play for [Chiefs] was when I was still with City Pillars. I had been in contact with Bobby. Chiefs is the only club that I can say I waited for. I ended up joining SuperSport United. There are actually three times when I had opportunities to play for Chiefs.” In the full show, the former Bafana Bafana star discusses each time he could’ve moved to Naturena, and the crew debate Kaizer Chiefs’ termination of Siphelele Nthangase, preview the Soweto Derby, and more!

Roberts: 'This Is Going To Change African Football'

With Mamelodi Sundowns owner & mining businessman Patrice Motsepe set to take over as Confederation of African Football (CAF) president on Friday, South African football pundits and commentators have been debating how his rapid ascent to power could change the landscape of football on the continent. CAF has earned infamy for corruption, and with a changing of the guard, many have found hope in Motsepe’s vision for African football which includes rooting out mismanagement and attracting interest from all corners of the globe.

In the latest episode of the SL Podcast’s “The Carwash”, former Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper gave his thoughts on Motsepe’s imminent unopposed election stating “This is going to change African football. If you look at what he’s done with Mamelodi Sundowns, we can only wait and see what he can do as CAF president.” Motsepe reportedly has the backing of former presidential candidates such as Senegal FA boss Augustin Senghor, Jacques Anouma from the Ivory Coast as well as Ahmed Yahya from Mauritania. It has even been reported that the aforementioned candidates were convinced to back Motsepe by FIFA president Gianni Infantino.

“Molefi Needs A Core Team”

With the recent announcement of the Bafana Bafana squad which is set to face Ghana & Sudan in crucial Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers, the selection of out-of-favour Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, as well as a host of debutants has come under question. Ntseki has been left with a difficult task in his preparation for the fixtures, as many of his usual choices have struggled for playing time and injuries throughout the 2020/21 season. Star players such as Brighton forward Percy Tau & Rangers midfielder Bongani Zungu haven’t been at their best this season, but former national team star Teko Modise believes that Ntseki should stick with the same key players that helped Bafana to victories against Sudan & Sao Tome.

Speaking on the SL Podcast’s “The Carwash”, Modise argued “As a national team coach, after six games you should have an idea of your core team, you can’t be chopping and changing every time you’re playing a different team. You can’t [always] have a different selection just because somebody’s on form. If you have a core for the team, then you add on wherever you can, if you have a gap. That’s the mentality of a team that wants to win and progress. A team that wants to please everybody changes every time someone’s on form. So if you score against Kaizer Chiefs, next week you’re in the Bafana team, we’ve seen this happening so many times.”

In the full podcast, the Carwash crew discuss Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns’ contrasting form in the CAF Champions League, fans still being barred from stadiums under level 1 lockdown regulations, and more. Use the player above to stream and download.

“A Team Like Chiefs Shouldn’t Be Underdogs”

It appears that Kaizer Chiefs will have more time to prepare for their CAF Champions League group-stage fixture against Wydad AC of Morocco, however, when they do finally face last season's semi-finalists, they'll go into the fixture as clear underdogs due to their underwhelming form this campaign. Despite qualifying for the African continental competition’s group stage for the first time in club history, Amakhosi have also been knocked out of both the MTN8 and, more recently, the Nedbank Cup. Despite this, one former PSL star believes that the label of 'underdog' is one that a team like Chiefs shouldn't be proud of no matter who the opponent is or their circumstance.

In the latest episode of the SL podcast's "The Carwash", former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper Sean Roberts states "a team like Kaizer Chiefs should never be the ‘underdog’. We shouldn't say Chiefs and underdog in the same sentence". Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Teko Modise stated "when it comes to the CAF champions League, the question is do you have enough personnel to be able to fight? They do have fighters, they've got Nurkovic and other guys. But if you don't want to fight, then play the younger guys and come back to prioritise the league. Because the truth of the matter is, they have to choose."

"I'm Starting To Understand Gavin's Frustration”

All eyes will be on Orlando Stadium on Saturday 30th of January when Kaizer Chiefs visit Orlando Pirates in the Soweto Derby. The two sides have experienced ups and downs this season with Pirates ending a six-year trophy drought by claiming the MTN8 trophy and Chiefs reaching the CAF Champions League group stages for the first time in the club's history. However, both teams have struggled for consistency in the DStv Premiership, with the Buccaneers and the ‘Glamour Boys’ both sitting eight and twelve points behind Mamelodi Sundowns respectively.

Amakhosi have enjoyed an uptick in form recently and haven't been beaten in five League matches which has seen them rise to 7th on the league table when they were at 14th just a few weeks ago. While Chiefs have earned praise through the efforts of their young talent and some standout performances from senior players there has also been a lot of criticism for certain players who do not fit the mould of a championship team. In the latest episode of the SL Podcast’s “The Carwash” with former Pirates & Bafana Bafana midfielder Teko Modise and former Ajax Cape Town & Sundowns goalie Sean Roberts, Modise states that he is beginning to understand Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt’s dilemma at Naturena. The two-time PSL Player of the Season award winner claims that Hunt doesn't have the personnel to achieve his vision at the moment.

In the Carwash's Soweto Derby Preview, Modise breaks down why Pirates should win the midfield battle and why their defence may have issues.

The Problem With Sundowns' Sirino Saga

Mamelodi Sundowns’ attacking midfielder Gaston Sirino appears to have missed out on the opportunity to play for Al Ahly under former boss Pitso Mosimane, with the Egyptian giants said to have moved on from a potential move for the Uruguayan after a breakdown in negotiations. Mosimane is quoted as saying "We move on with Gaston Sirino. I mean‚ you have seen what he said, he has spoken straight and openly about missing out on the opportunity to play for the biggest club on the continent.” The 29-Year-Old is currently contracted to Sundowns through June 2025, and given his age, he would understandably be keen on one last big career move.

In the latest episode of The SL Podcast’s “The Carwash” with former Orlando Pirates & Mamelodi Sundowns star Teko Modise and former Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts discuss the failed move, with Modise arguing that Sirino can’t be frustrated with Sundowns considering he signed an extension in June 2020. Modise stated “The problem comes when you want to leave and doesn’t happen, [but] you just renewed your contract 6-7 months ago and now when the move doesn’t happen you sulk. If you sign an extension and there’s no buyout clause, chief, stay there. You can’t sign an extension and then try to force your way out (6 months later)”.

"Hunt's Difficult Balancing Act At Chiefs"

Kaizer Chiefs have had a rocky start to the 2020/21 season, winning only twice in their opening ten DStv Premiership fixtures, with their second victory coming against Amazulu midweek. Amakhosi coach Gavin Hunt has had a long list of problems affecting the squad since he took the reigns in September 2019, including their FIFA transfer ban, a shortened pre-season, and injuries to star players such as Samir Nurkovic (who recently returned) and Khama Billiat (who has just been ruled out for two months). Hunt has had to rely on both youth and experience in his quest to turn Amakhosi’s fortunes around.

In the latest episode of The SL Podcast’s “The Carwash” with former Orlando Pirates & Mamelodi Sundowns star Teko Modise and former Ajax Cape Town goalie Sean Roberts, the ex-PSL veterans discuss how Hunt can strike a balance between Chiefs’ impressive youth players like Njabulo Blom & Keletso Sifama and senior players like Bernard Parker & WillardKatsande. Modise highlights that while Hunt needs younger players in the side for depth, their lack of experience can lead to inconsistency. Roberts also makes the case that senior stars have an impact beyond the pitch, arguing that fans shouldn’t discount their impact in the changing room.

The One Quality Pirates Are Lacking…

MTN8 champions Orlando Pirates had the chance to stamp their authority in the DStv Premiership when they took on Mamelodi Sundowns , but struggled against the defending league champions, losing last weekend’s meeting 1-0. The Soweto giants now trail Downs by eight points, and still have to take on an in-form Moroka Swallows side who are tied with Masandawana on points despite a lower goal difference. Former Orlando Pirates’ midfielder Teko Modise believes that there is one quality that the ‘Bucaneers’ have been lacking in the league.

Modise argues that his former side struggle against teams who are comfortable sitting back and defending the ball, rather than pressing and using a high defensive line. This was clear in their most recent match with Downs opting for five players in their backline which, as Modise points out in his analysis, made it difficult for Pirates’ front three of Lorch, Dzvukamanja & Pule to get in behind the lines and get chances in the final third. Listen to full show for more football banter from Modise and co-host Sean Roberts, formerly of Ajax Cape Town & Mamelodi Sundowns.

Hunt’s Tough Decision

Kaizer Chiefs’ struggles continued with a draw against Bloemfontein Celtic which sees the Soweto giants positioned 13th on the DStv Premiership table. Amakhosi have struggled to find their rhythm this season, and haven’t won a league match since October 27th when they defeated Chippa United 1-0. Several senior players have come under fire, including goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune, who was dropped from the squad after two costly goalkeeping errors in back-to-back matches. Amakhosi coach Gavin Hunt is left with a tough decision as to whether Khune should remain as his number one choice goalie.

In the SL Podcast’s latest episode of The Carwash with Teko Modise and Sean Roberts, the crew debate Hunt’s options in Chiefs’ goalkeeping department. Former Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns keeper Roberts argues that Khune should be given another shot, while former Down’s midfielder Modise makes the case that Khune should be dropped, as outfield players do not receive the same leniency as goalies for there errors. In the full show, Modise and Roberts also debate what Amazulu coach Benni McCarthy’s targets for the season should be.

"Benni Can Bring Excitement To Amazulu"

Amazulu have made their ambitions for the season crystal clear, having signed an array of talented players to try and make Usuthu a competitive team after years of struggling in the lower half of the Premiership table. Their list of signings includes Siphiwe Tshabalala, Xola Mlambo, Augustine Mulenga, Luvuyo Memela, and more, with new owner Sandile Zungu splashing the cash to revamp the squad. Despite this, Amazulu sit in 11th with only one win in six DStv Premiership matches. In response to the slow start, Amazulu have parted ways with coach Ayanda Dlamini and are now being linked with a list of coaches. Former Cape Town City coach Benni McCarthy seems to be the most popular choice, and former Bafana Bafana star Teko Modise agrees, stating “Benni can bring excitement to Amazulu”

In the SL Podcast’s latest episode of The Carwash Modise added, “I think everybody wants to see [Benni] back in the PSL. He makes the league interesting. People still love [him].” In the full show, Modise and former Sundowns goalie Sean Roberts debate the other candidates for the Usuthu job, which include Eric Tinkler, Owen Da Gama & Shaun Bartlett who have all recently left their previous clubs. The Carwash crew also discuss the latest PSL results and preview the MTN8 final.

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