‘Sundowns stopped paying my salary’

Enduring a frustrating spell on the sidelines due to lack of game time was the main factor that led to him packing his bags and leaving the club, according to former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Eduardo Ferreira.

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The towering Brazilian defender joined the mega rich Chloorkop outfit in 2009 from Ajax Cape Town after catching the eye of the technical team with his impressive displays for the Urban Warriors.

Eduardo Ferrei ra Remembers His Frustrations At Mamelodi Sundowns
Former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Eduardo Ferreira. (Image: Soccer Laduma)

His stay was however not what he had anticipated, and it was during the first half of the 2011/12 campaign when he did not feature in any competitive PSL matches, as he had not been registered for the season.

Ferreira has now detailed what transpired during his frustrating time at the Brazilians.

“It was one day before the transfer window closed [in 2011] that Ajax sent a request to Sundowns to send me back to the club, ” Ferreira was quoted as saying by Soccer Laduma.

“I also tried to talk to Sundowns myself. I remember I went to the club myself that day and I was there from 7 o’clock in the morning until 10 o’clock at night – a whole day! I wanted to convince them to send me back to Ajax so that I could play.

“People (from Sundowns) were not picking their phones and I got nothing from them. The (transfer) window closed and I couldn’t play, ” said Ferreira.

The 36-year-old, who is now a naturalized Equatoguinean, also recalls the time when he was sitting at home kicking his heels, before he decided to quietly leave without notifying anyone at Sundowns.

“For six months I sat doing nothing. I was frustrated and decided to take my bags and my family and left for Brazil without saying anything to anyone. I didn’t talk to anyone, I left everything and the money (salary) and I went home. I just said, ‘If you want to kill my career, kill it’, ” the Rio de Janeiro-born defender said.

“When they started looking for me I was already in Brazil. They stopped paying my salary.

“After that I went to Colombia to play for a big club there América de Cali. On the last day (of the January 2012 transfer window), those people (Sundowns) sent me my transfer (clearance) for me to play for that team,” said Ferreira said.

The former Ajax man last plied his trade for NEROCA in India, where he had featured 16 times, scoring two goals in the process in 2019.