Mamelodi Sundowns players celebrate winning the Nedbank Cup Final Football Match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Ajax Cape Town at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth on 16 May 2015 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Saturday May 16, 2015. 19:55
Mamelodi Sundowns gave their captain Alje Schut the perfect send-off after a successful time at the club with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Ajax Cape Town in the 2015 Nedbank Cup final on Saturday.
The Dutch defender, who led the club to the Absa Premiership title last year, will return to the Netherlands where he plans to see out the rest of his footballing career.
Schut, 34, started alongside Ramahlwe Mphahlele in defence for the Brazilians after successfully recovering from a leg injury.
The centre back gave his all, but ultimately made way for Thabo Nthethe in the 116th minute after picking up a knock.
Schut thanked the Sundowns family and South Africans in whole for welcoming him and his family with open arms while he also spoke out against the recent Xenophobic attacks in the country.
"For me it is the perfect send off. Not only from Mamelodi Sundowns, but from South Africa. This country has been so amazing," Schut said in the aftermath.
"Lately with this Xenophobia thing, that is not South Africa. The South African people welcome people, treat people right.
"I've been so happy, my family has been so happy. This country means a lot to me. Mamelodi Sundowns means a lot to me and for me this is the perfect ending.
"That last penalty, I was crying. This is the end, but not the end. I will be back."
Trott Moloto, who was in charge of the 'Downs side that claimed the 2008 Nedbank Cup praised Schut's influence at the club.
"We are so glad and happy that he has served Mamelodi Sundowns so well. A true leader, a true solider," Moloto said.