Stay yellow, Thabo!

With reports suggesting that Mamelodi Sundowns are considering allowing Teko Modise and Thabo Nthethe to leave the club, Ebrahim Moolla speculates on what could happen to the two stalwarts

While veteran playmaker Modise has been a loyal servant of the club and should be allowed to see out his career wherever he chooses, Sundowns could well come to regret letting their centre-back find another employer.

At 32, Nthethe still has a lot to offer the PSL champions. He is still able to put in a solid 90-minute shift and make an impact with his intelligent reading of the game and sheer physicality.

However, it isn’t just on the pitch that Sundowns can gain from retaining his services. He is a proven leader who was the team’s stand-in captain and the league’s best defender in their successful 2015/16 season. A strong character, he is an influential figure in the change-room and on the training ground.

Central defenders of Nthethe’s calibre aren’t to be found on every street corner. I think Sundowns will see the light and offer him the sort of contract that will see him extend his stay at the club.

If not, there will be no shortage of suitors for the former Bloemfontein Celtic man’s signature. Could an emotional return to Siwelele be on the cards?

Two years older than his teammate, Modise faces the prospect of leaving Chloorkop in the twilight of his career for a swansong at a smaller team that could offer him more playing time. Having spent the majority of his professional career in Gauteng, the idea of showcasing his skills elsewhere must be tempting. At 34, Modise isn’t the midfield general of old, but he could still have a role to play in the PSL.

The Navigator has already stated that he is planning to retire in two years to concentrate on his business, but one feels he has enough in the tank to turn a game. He would suit a club like Ajax or Golden Arrows, serving as a mentor to their young midfielders in addition to a role as an impact player. At any rate, Modise will want to remind PSL fans of the talents that brought him 51 Bafana caps and just why he is one of the most gifted technicians to have played the game in South Africa before bowing out.