Having announced his retirement from the professional game on social media last week, Cape Town City’s veteran midfielder Teko Modise faced the media one last time on Monday night.

Modise played his final game in the Absa Premiership last Saturday against Black Leopards, and now at the age of 36, 18 years after making his debut, he says he has decided to hang up his boots.

Modise says it has been an emotional week, and he is very grateful to all the clubs he played for in the past and to everyone at Cape Town City for making his last two years special.

While Modise knows he could keep playing, he feels it is the right time to go out, and something he has been considering for a while.

The former Bafana Bafana star says his love for football was rekindled at City, and says he knew that he wanted to leave the game when his heart was full.

Modise says getting a guard of honour last Saturday in their final game against Leopards at Thohoyandou Stadium was very special, and unexpected.

Having won every trophy on offer domestically and also a CAF Champions League winners medal, Modise says he feels like he accomplished all he could.

City chairman John Comitis says he feels honored to be the chairman of the club where Modise chose to retire.

Comitis says there is no way they could lose Modise and are excited about his yet-to-be-disclosed future role at the club, and they are looking to play a testimonial match for Modise in the near future.

Comitis says that Modise has so much to offer the game, and he is excited about his future at City.

Modise’s agent Jazzman Mahlakgane says he is very grateful to Cape Town City for everything they have done for his client. – Report by Rob Delport