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City’s football community mourns as ‘Bass’ falls silent


In his hey day, Monnapule William Modise was former Dalton Brothers FC's ace midfielder.

Monnapule William Modise the former Dalton Brothers FC ace midfield player is no more.

Modise, who was affectionately known as “Bass” died on Wednesday morning at his home in Galeshewe after a long battle with cancer aged 73. His widow Kediementse Modise explained that Modise got his nickname “Bass” from his tenure as a church choir member where he was part of the bass line up.

Modise was born in Closs Street in Greenpoint.

Prayer vigils

He is survived by his widow, three children, two sisters and several grandchildren. The family have arranged for daily prayer vigils at his home leading up to Modise’s burial next week Saturday from the St Paul Church in Galeshewe.

Modise was part of the Dalton Brothers professional side which regularly turned out against the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates from 1970 to 1973. The team then played in the defunct National Professional Soccer League (NPSL).

Dalton Brothers were ‘famously’ relegated from the NPSL in a memorable last season match that they played at the old Orlando Stadium in Soweto in the summer of 1973. In that game, Dalton beat the then rising Kaizer Chiefs 2-1 in a match that the Soweto club needed to win to claim that year’s league trophy.

Chiefs’ loss to Dalton meant Orlando Pirates, who had a bye on that weekend, emerged as that year’s league winners. According to Daniel “Bro Scholar” Sekgoro who was club manager at the time the Dalton players had apparently been carried out of the grounds shoulder high by jubilant Orlando Pirates fans.

The Pirates fans then took the Dalton players on an improvised victory march around Soweto in appreciation of the favour done them by the Kimberley club.