Tade exit costs Downs multi-million loss

Premiership

The sudden departure of Argentinean striker Emiliano Tade has been a huge financial loss to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sundowns shocked the local football fraternity when they announced this week they have parted ways with Tade, who wants to retire from professional football.

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The 31-year-old striker only spent 12 months with The Brazilians after joining the club from AmaZulu in January this year and scored two goals in 12 appearances.

According to information gathered by KickOff.com, Tade was bought for R6-million plus striker Bongi Ntuli on top of the transfer fee.

Initially Ntuli and Siyanda Zwane were bought from Golden Arrows for approximately R10-million before the former was loaned to Platinum Stars after failing to secure regular game-time at Chloorkop.

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On a normal scale, foreign players at Sundowns especially the South Americans are not taking home less than R250 000 per month excluding signing-on fees and bonuses that could rise to R1-million a season.

During his stay at Chloorkop, Tade has not taken home less than R3.5-million plus the amount paid to his representative as an agent's fee.

In total his departure has cost Patrice Motsepe's side approximately R15-million.

Mosimane conceded that Tade's departure has hit them hard in the pocket.

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"It's sad. Economically it's not good for us because we just bought him," said Mosimane.

"But what are we going to do? [He said] I don't want to play football again."

Sundowns official Yugesh Singh said the club has no right to stand in Tade's way despite the situation being a big loss for the club.

"Given his situation and given his reasons of wanting that, it was the right thing to do. The club took the right decision," he added.

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