Ambitious Cape Town City sign veteran Teko Modise
Experienced South African midfielder Teko Modise has become the latest high-profile signing for Cape Town City, the club confirmed on Wednesday.
The African Champions League winner Modise joins the team as a free agent, after opting not to renew his contract at Mamelodi Sundowns at the end of the 2016/17 season.
Modise is a stalwart of the domestic game, scoring 10 goals in 66 international appearances for South Africa, including at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
The 34-year-old will add experience and guile to the City midfield, and becomes part of a potent offensive unit that also includes South African internationals Ayanda Patosi, Lebogang Manyama, Aubrey Ngoma and Judas Moseamedi.
"CTCFC is delighted to announce the signing of Teko Modise!" the club said in a statement. "The midfielder adds further quality and depth to the squad as we prepare to compete both domestically and in the CAFCC [African Confederation Cup].
"Teko is determined to bring further success to the club, and become part of the story of the boys in Blue & Gold."
Modise has been a crowd favourite in the Premier Soccer League for the last decade, and City will hope he is a drawcard for fans to the Cape Town Stadium.
Despite his quality and international pedigree, Modise had found trophy success impossible to come by in stints with SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates, having been a late bloomer who made his top-flight debut just before his 24th birthday.
And after some initial barren years at Sundowns, he finally struck gold with two league titles, the African Champions League, African Super Cup, Nedbank Cup and Telkom Knockout trophy.
He is the latest addition for the club coached by former national teammate Benni McCarthy. City have brought in Patosi, Letsie Koapeng (permanent deal), Mozambique national team captain Jeitoso and Lyle Lakay from Bloemfontein Celtic.