Ex-Banyana star Portia Modise slammed for ‘racism’ after her ‘Coloureds can’t jam’ comment

Former Banyana Banyana star Portia Modise was slammed online for her comment about coloured Banyana Banyana players.

The 40-year-old former midfielder blamed Banyana coach Desiree Ellis for picking coloured players following the team’s failure to qualify for the Olympics. The South African women’s national soccer team lost 1-0 on aggregate to Nigeria in the final qualifying round.

Speaking on the Sports Night Amplified with Andile Ncube radio show, Modise blamed Ellis for picking coloured players in the national team.

“I see a lot of coloureds today and they don’t have jam. We need jam, the only people with jam are black people, let’s be honest,” she said.

Portia Modise is not happy with Banyana squad selection

When asked if her comment was racist, Modise denied, claiming Banyana has been racist for far too long.

Fans slam Portia Modise for her comments on coloured Banyana players.

When asked if Ellis is picking coloured players because she is coloured, Modise responded: “It’s been happening …”

The clip of the interview was shared on X(Twitter) and many soccer fans were quick to attack Modise.

@tseka_vincent wrote: “What Portia is saying is so distasteful and disrespectful for a former
National team player. Tjoo.”

Portia Modise’s comments on Banyana were slammed by some fans.

@ziz318 wrote: “Eish Vincent, I couldn’t agree more with you. She’s very divisive and bitter. When we win there’s no color issue but when we lose then color issues emerge. Aren’t we all South Africans?

@nathieez wrote: “You should have cut the interview immediately when she started making those racist comments, South Africa belongs to all of us next on the agenda will be tribalism and regionalism..”

Portia Modise has also called on Desiree Ellis to resign as Banyana Banyana coach.