Downs star released hours before fixture

Premiership

Mamelodi Sundowns have confirmed that striker Emiliano Tade has packed his bags and left the club with immediate effect.

Tade has cut short his stay with Sundowns, just 11 months since arriving from AmaZulu, with the club explaining the decision for the parties' seperation.

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"Mamelodi Sundowns’ Argentine forward, Emiliano Tade approached the Club to be released from his contract and the club has conceded after the player cited personal reasons," read a statement from The Brazilians.

The 31-year-old's time at Chloorkop was marred by injury as he failed to make an impression similar to that at Usuthu, where he made a name for himself as a prolific attacker.

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Instead, he managed just two goals in 12 appearances across all competitions last season, and failed to get onto the teamsheet in the 2019/20 campaign.

"The President, Dr Patrice Motsepe, the Board, Management, staff, coaches and players wish to thank Emiliano Tade for his contribution and wish him all of the best in his personal and professional endeavours," further read the club's statement.

The announcement also comes just a few hours before Downs square off with Stellenbosch in an Absa Premiership fixture at Loftus Versfeld this evening (19h30), and mere days before the Telkom Knockout final in Durban on Saturday.

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