👆🏾🚶🏽‍♂️🗣 Pitso describes Tade’s dramatic decision to quit football for ‘other things in life’

👆🏾🚶🏽‍♂️🗣 Pitso describes Tade’s dramatic decision to quit football for ‘other things in life’

While everyone is still shocked about Emiliano Tade’s premature retirement - Pitso Mosiamane has taken us back to the moments he tried to persuade him to think twice.

As reported here on Futaa yesterday, Sundowns announced the unexpected parting with the 31-year-old striker. He had joined Kabo Yellow in a multi-million rand deal in January from AmaZulu.

Speaking in last night’s press conference after the 3-1 win over Stellenbosch FC, Mosimane revealed trying to plead with the Argentine not to dump his football career.

"I tried to convince him to think about it, that you are talented football player, you are a good player, look at the goals you scored," said Mosimane via Kick Off. “I spoke to him to think about it before we went to Casablanca, to think about it, to sleep on it.”

"He said 'I am done, I had so many injuries, I have never had so many injuries. In New Zealand I was not playing professional football, I was doing other things and playing professionally I started at AmaZulu. I was 28 or 29'.

"He said 'It's not my life, I want to do other things'. I said 'are you sure?' Even the South Americans tried to convince him. He said 'I am done',” Pitso concluded.

Tade’s career numbers:

Auckland City FC (New Zealand)

  • 143 matches
  • 97 goals
  • 49 assists.

Team Wellington (New Zealand)

  • 16 matches
  • 6 goals
  • 4 assists.

AmaZulu FC (South Africa)

  • 20 matches
  • 7 goals
  • 2 assists.

Sundowns (South Africa)

  • 12 matches
  • 2 goals
  • 2 assists.

Sundowns’ striking department is now left with three traditional strikers: Mauricio Affonso (four goals in nine), José Alí Meza (two goals, one assist in 10) and Tokelo Rantie (yet to play).