Legendary former Mamelodi Sundowns and Platinum FC attacking fullback Vuyo Mere appears to have packed his bags and left the cozy pad at the Braamfontein headquarters of Wits University if a message he posted on his Instagram account is anything to go by.
Mere, who started his professional career with the defunct Hellenic in Cape Town almost 17 years ago, turned 35 this year and was forever present in Gavin Hunt’s team that tried bravely to unseat Mamelodi Sundowns from their pedestal throughout the year.
I just wanna thank everybody @bidvestwits for a memorable season. Thank you to the players, technical team, medical team, support staff, the ladies in the kitchen, Sbale who cleans the dressing rooms, yall made my stay memorable n I’m truly thankful for everything. I wish the rest of the team a blessed season ahead. God bless yall my brothers n sisters 😍😍😍🙏🙏🙏🙌🙌🙌 Estudiantes 💙💙💙💙End of the road for me in the blue n white colours 🙏🙏🙏
But in the end, Pitso Mosimane’s team and Orlando Pirates just shaded the top two positions and left Wits on third position and three points behind second positioned Pirates, but qualified for the secondary CAF Confederation Cup together with TS Galaxy as South African representatives in the Pan-African club competition.
It is such a pity that in an opinionated society like South Africa, a player has reached his sell-by-date the minute he reaches 30-years of age and yet despite being 35, there is still a lot that this clean living, hardworking defender can offer the game.