Will Downs take issue with ex-player?


Mamelodi Sundowns could take issue with Argentinean midfielder Emiliano Tade after he signed a contract with Auckland City.

Tade announced that he was retiring from football last year and asked to be released from his contract with Sundowns before returning to New Zealand.

READ: Why Tade 'retired' from football

The 31-year-old spent 12 months with The Brazilians after signing from AmaZulu in January last year.

The Chloorkop side spent no less than R6-million as a transfer fee plus Bongi Ntuli to secure Tade's services from Usuthu.

READ: Tade exit costs Downs multi-million loss

Before leaving Sundowns in December, Tade was still left with two seasons plus a two-year option on his contract, meaning his departure hit the club in the pocket in a big way.

"It's sad. Economically it's not good for us because we just bought him. But what are we going to do? [He said] I don't want to play football again," coach Pitso Mosimane said at the time of his release.

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Sundowns official Yogesh Singh also said back in December: "Given his situation and given his reasons of wanting that, it was the right thing to do. The club took the right decision."

However, sources suggest Tade's agreement with Sundowns upon his departure stated that he would not be allowed to sign for another African club if he decided to return to football.

Efforts to get hold of Singh to clarify the situation proved futile at the time of compiling this report.