Brazilian defender Eduardo Ferreira remembers how frustrated he was at Mamelodi Sundowns before he parted ways with the club.
The centre-back endured a frustrating spell in Chloorkop prior to his departure in January 2012, due to lack of game-time.
The Brazilian had been with Downs since 2009, having joined the club from Ajax Cape Town.
Prior to leaving Sundowns, Ferreira had not been registered for the season and spent the first half of the 2011/12 campaign without playing any competitive PSL matches.
“It was one day before the transfer window closed (in 2011) that Ajax sent a request to Sundowns to send me back to the club. I also tried to talk to Sundowns myself. I remember I went to the club myself that day and I was there from 7 o’clock in the morning until 10 o’clock at night – a whole day! I wanted to convince them to send me back to Ajax so that I could play. People (from Sundowns) were not picking their phones and I got nothing from them. The (transfer) window closed and I couldn’t play,” said Ferreira, while also confirming that he had an offer from KRC Genk in Belgium at the time.
“For six months I sat doing nothing. I was frustrated and decided to take my bags and my family and left for Brazil without saying anything to anyone. I didn’t talk to anyone, I left everything and the money (salary) and I went home. I just said, ‘If you want to kill my career, kill it.’ When they started looking for me I was already in Brazil. They stopped paying my salary. After that I went to Colombia to play for a big club there América de Cali. On the last day (of the January 2012 transfer window), those people (Sundowns) sent me my transfer (clearance) for me to play for that team,” said Ferreira.