Tlale advises Pieterse to leave Downs


Legendary ex-Mamelodi Sundowns goalkeeper John Tlale has advised out-of-favour Reyaad Pieterse to move for the sake of career growth.

Although he has won four PSL league titles, one MTN8, one Telkom Knockout and a Nedbank Cup, the former Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper has played fewer games than some goalkeepers who have never tasted silverware in their careers.

This season alone the 29-year-old, who has never been a regular in his career, has failed to make a single appearance as he continues to be overlooked by the Sundowns technical team.

"You know what I can say to him is he must go to play for a smaller team," Tlale tells

"His experience gained signing for the big teams shows that he's got potential. So he must just go where he will play regularly for him to gain confidence, where he will make a name for himself, because he's been on the bench for quite some time now and it's going to frustrate him you understand.

"Percy Tau went to Witbank Spurs, there he played regularly, then he came back to Sundowns and was a regular. Staying at Sundowns and sometimes you are not even in the 18 [squad] for more than two years, it also kills his reputation you understand."

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Tlale continues: "So what I'm saying is go down for a reason, even if you are down you will know that you are down to go up. You start being a regular and those big teams will want you again.

"Sometimes it's not nice to get paid knowing very well that you are not a regular, it's like you are stealing. Go somewhere else, even if it's teams like TTM, Leopards – there you will play regularly.

"Playing regularly will bring confidence to him again, because as a goalkeeper you can play for long my brother, you can play up to 40. Rather than getting good money sitting on the stands... you are not enjoying it."

Uganda international Denis Onyango, former Bidvest Wits first-choice Ricardo Goss, former South Africa under-23 international Jody February and Zambian stalwart Kennedy Mweene are also registered as Sundowns goalkeepers.

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