Mere wanted Umoya stay

Posted: 22 September 2018 Time: 08:00

Bidvest Wits' new signing Vuyo Mere says he wanted to stay with Cape Umoya United, but the club told him he belongs in the PSL.

Mere, 34, spent seven years with Platinum Stars prior to their relegation, relocation and name change to Umoya at the end of last season.

Umoya naturally had to cut costs and tailor their squad around the NFD's controversial rule, which requires teams to use five U-23 South Africans in a match-day squad.

Mere then tried his luck at Bloemfontein Celtic prior to linking up with Wits in the past transfer window.

He has since played twice for Gavin Hunt's table-topping outfit.

"We had a good relationship with the owners of the now so-called Cape Umoya and we came to an agreement to part ways," Mere said.

"They encouraged me to stay in the PSL and they even told me they'll help me to stay in the PSL, because I was good player and I had enough quality to stay in the league.

"You know I respected their opinion and their help. I'm very grateful, but obviously my heart was there. I wanted to stay with them, try and bring them back to the PSL, but then they gave me their blessing so that I can find a team in the PSL.

"At least we've still got good communication and I'm grateful for whatever they have done for me."

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala

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