Wednesday Jan 15, 2020. 09:00
Emiliano Tade has completed his return to Auckland City FC.
The 31-year-old rejoins the New Zealand club after a year-and-a-half in South Africa where he played for AmaZulu FC and reigning Absa Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
The Argentine left Chloorkop by mutual consent in December having scored just two goals in 12 appearances for Sundowns, after joining the club for a reported fee of R8 million.
Tade returns to Auckland for a third stint and as the club’s record goalscorer having netted 107 times in 162 appearances for the Navy Blues.
“This feels like coming home. It felt like a dream for me. I’ve been talking to a lot of friends and with my fiancee and this felt like I have been away on a short trip and everything feels familiar – I’m home,” Tade told www.aucklandcityfc.com.
“South Africa was an unbelievable experience. As a life experience and footballwise. Playing for Amazulu was stepping into a new culture – getting in depth with the Zulu culture, especially – I enjoyed it a lot.
“Stepping up to play for Mamelodi Sundowns was an incredible experience for me, I enjoyed it a lot.
“It wasn’t only South Africa but the whole African continent that I explored – I got to travel to other countries and play in the African Champions League and it was an unbelievable experience,” he concluded.
The move is set to raise a few eyebrows in South Africa with Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane having said that injury had forced the forward to call time on his career, only for him to sign a contract with Auckland City weeks later.