Sundowns striker retires from football

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In a surprise to the football fraternity, Emiliano Tade has decided to retire from professional football to concentrate on other things in life.

The news of the striker's retirement could be seen as a shock and comes just hours after he parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday.

The Argentinean joined Sundowns last season following a successful spell with AmaZulu.

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Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane said he tried his best to convince Tade to continue playing, with no success.

"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.

"I spoke to him to think about it before we went to Casablanca, to think about it, to sleep on it.

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"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'."

Tade is set to return to New Zealand, where his family is based.

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