Former Banyana Banyana captain held at gunpoint, loses car to hijackers

The 41-year-old has appealed to fans to help her recover her stolen vehicle

Former Banyana Banyana captain Portia Modise is appealing to fans to help her get back her car which was stolen following a hijacking incident outside her home.

Modise has detailed on social media how her assailants, whom she has termed the ‘boys’, accosted her outside her Soweto home and drove away with her car as well as mobile phone, after holding her at gunpoint.

The Portia Modise Foundation said the 41-year-old was still shaken by the incident with the now retired footballer confirming that she was not physically harmed.

‘There were a few guys who pointed firearms at me and hijacked me’

“When I arrived home… there were a few guys who pointed firearms at me and hijacked me… I am not OK but I am grateful for life,” Modise said on Instagram, before giving details of her stolen car.

“If anybody has seen this car, it's a blue Polo Golf – that is my car,” she added.

The car had not been recovered by Monday evening with fans standing in solidarity with the former player.

Modise, who retired in 2015, is the first African player to score 100 goals, having turned out for South Africa for 15 years between 2000 and 2015.

Modise was named Player of the Tournament at 2006 Cup of Nations

She made her Banyana Banyana debut aged just 16 and went on to make a record 101 appearances for her country.

Modise was named the Player of the Tournament at the 2006 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations, a year after being nominated for the FIFA Player of the Year.

The former footballer is the latest victim of hijacking following the fatal shooting of Kaizer Chiefs star Luke Fleurs in Johannesburg in April.

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