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Former Orlando Pirates star Gerald Modabi pictured with friends. Image: Emmanuel Mawela Itani / Facebook

‘My balance was R36.50’ says Orlando Pirates’ reckless former star

Few ex-footballers retell their career falls so explicitly as this ex-Orlando Pirates star. This tale is raw.

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Former Orlando Pirates star Gerald Modabi pictured with friends. Image: Emmanuel Mawela Itani / Facebook

Orlando Pirates fans who are older than 30 may easily remember watching Gerald Modabi in the Bucs midfield. But none of us had an idea how dysfunctional his life was off the pitch.

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It is pretty obvious his career with Pirates never illuminated, however, Modabi did display all the top talent to touch the skies at SuperSport United, Dynamos, and Wits, but he could not stay away from booze and financial recklessness.

“So bit by bit I kept finishing my money,” Modabi said on TK Solutions’ YouTube channel.

“Finally I arrived at the promised land. One day I woke up and realised I was left with R36.50. 

“I remember I bought StreetWise Two that lasted me for two days. Because I had to eat the one piece the Thursday and half mini loaf and save for the other day.

Gerald Modabi in the colours of Orlando Pirates. Image: Football SA / Twitter

It was dawning on me that manje ngiphethwe yindlala [right now I am starving], cause there is no money for the alcohol, which was a feeler for the stress.

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Modabi concluded the unfortunate anecdote by wishing he had a grootman figure that was going to show him the right ways to lead a positive lifestyle and career.

Sadly for the Soweto-born star, his career was short-lived due to ill-discipline and a lack of social knowledge and guidance.

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During a recent chat with one of Soccer Laduma’s leading journalists Tshepang Mailwane, Mokwena was asked about the immediate success of recruiting Teboho Mokoena to Chloorkop in January.

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