Teko Modise

Footballer

Few will argue that Bafana Bafana's talented midfi eld
maestro should be playing in the top leagues of the
world. That Teko Modise, affectionately known as the
General, or simply Ace, is still at Orlando Pirates is a bonus
for the South African Premier Soccer League.
His form, which he seems to have rediscovered, will
strongly infl uence how far the country progresses in the
coming World Cup � Modise has been rewarded with the
armband in the absence of Aaron Mokoena. He is also the
favoured brand among the corporates and fast-food chain
McDonald's has cashed in on his popularity, appointing him
its 2010 Fifa World Cup ambassador.
The 27-year-old, who grew up in Soweto supporting
Kaizer Chiefs but now plays for their bitter rivals, was the
inaugural winner of the PSL Player of the year award in
2008. He won it again the following year, as his stock has
continued to rise. � Phathisani Moyo

Lunch spot: McDonald's