Pitso Mosimane, the Mamelodi Sundowns coach, has revealed that he went to great lengths to try and convince Emiliano Tade not to throw in the towel.
The club made the surprise announcement on Wednesday afternoon that the man they brought in from AmaZulu for a reported R8-million fee in January had asked to be released from his contract citing “personal reasons”.
Mosimane told reporters that Tade found football at this level too stressful and the injuries did not help the player either.
“He decided and he is going back home, but in New Zealand not Argentina. I tried to convince him to say ‘think about it, you are a talented footballer’. I spoke to him and said he should think about it before we went to Casablanca. But he said he is done,” the coach explained.
“He has never had so many injuries in his career. In New Zealand he says he was not playing professional football and had time to do other things. He started professional football at AmaZulu at 29 and that is not his life, he wants to do other things. Even his fellow South Americans tried to convince him. But he said he is done. He said ‘coach you can keep me in the team, I will come to training, but I won’t play football’. We will miss him. He is a good football player and he has left with very few goals. It’s sad, but he is the one who wants to leave.”
Mosimane said Tade was emotional when he broke the news to the rest of his teammates before the official announcement this week.
“Economically it’s not good for us because we just bought him. But what are you going to do? He says he doesn’t want to play football anymore. He spoke to the boys and he was in tears. I brought him to my house, tried to convince him. He said he has another 40 years to live and wants to live it differently. It’s too much for him. He is not going back to AmaZulu, he says he is going home,” the coach said.