Friday Dec 13, 2019. 13:00
Argentine forward Emiliano Tade insists there is nothing sinister in his sudden and surprise exit from Mamelodi Sundowns, saying he has retired from professional football to pursue other interests.
Tade stunned the club this week when he asked to be released from his contract after an injury-laden star at Chloorkop following his arrival from AmaZulu in January this year.
The 32-year-old says he felt he was no longer adding value, and wanted to return to his former home of New Zealand, where he spent close on a decade playing for Auckland City and others.
“I’m retiring from professional football but I still want to play. I will play amateur football because I want to work outside of football and professional football doesn’t give you that,” he told IOL.
“I’ve studied. I did sustainability and life coaching. I want to focus on that now. I want to focus on life after football. There’s nothing bad. There’s nothing wrong that led to my departure. That’s the most important thing that I need to emphasise.”
He admits that playing for a big club like Sundowns was a challenge, and that he was left frustrated by his constant injury problems.
“My decision was from a combination of things. Playing for a big team like Sundowns as a foreigner, I needed to play regularly but unfortunately I was injured for long period of time.
“That has not happened for me in my career. I felt like I was failing the club. I felt like I was failing to deliver. Every time I came back I got injured.
“Injuries made it harder for me. That was my obstacle. I pushed and pushed, but I got injured. That got to my mind. At a big club, you need to believe. I wasn’t believing. That is not the feeling that I want.
“I didn’t run away from the competition. Competition is good in life especially with good players. Unfortunately I couldn’t compete because of injuries.”