Life is too short to hold grudges and one person who has realised this is Teko Modise
The footballer melted hearts across Mzansi as he finally forgave his father, which he revealed on social media.
Teko has seen it all. Not only has he enjoyed an illustrious career as one of the most gifted footballers of his generation, but he has also enjoyed a career in the limelight as a South African icon over the years.
He’s felt and lost love, experienced the adoration of the nation and has felt like a son to the many fans who have watched him grow.
However, closer to home there has been one largely unresolved relationship which has threatened to hold him back from growing further: that with his father.
This week the ex-Pirates and Sundowns star took to Instagram to reveal that he had finally made amends with his father and added that the act of forgiveness was “important” for anybody trying to live a life without regrets or grudges.
Teko’s issues with his father have been well documented
The retired winger wrote quite openly about how his father kicked him out of the house at the age of eight, only to try and get in touch with him via a television show when he became a successful footballer.
He also spoke to TshisaLive about that particular stunt, saying, “This is the guy who threw me out on the streets like I was nothing and never looked back. Now that I am famous he wants to be with me.
“If he did things properly and requested a meeting with me by going through the family then I would probably be friends with him to this day. It would have been nice to have a relationship with my father,” before adding, “He can’t just get hold of me on television now that I am Teko Modise. These were issues that we could have solved privately.”
This week, however, Teko’s tone changed
It sounded more mature and certainly more forgiving. The football legend wrote on Instagram: “Never Thought I Would Actually Say This, Never Mind Posting the Only Pic I Have of Us, Forgiveness Is Important for Peace, Sanity & Growth…MY DAD??”
Teko’s post was filled with comments from users who congratulated him for humbling himself and finally forgiving his father, despite all they had been through
Teko himself appeared emotional as he thanked his fans for their support.
This touching moment provided Teko with some welcome positivity in a week when the press has homed in on his apparent failure to pay off some of his larger assets.
The Sunday papers ran amok with a story that claimed that he was on the verge of losing his multi-million-rand home after falling behind on payments.