Tashreeq Matthews: South African Midfielder on Why He Left Sweden to Join Mamelodi Sundowns

Tashreeq Matthews: South African Midfielder on Why He Left Sweden to Join Mamelodi Sundowns

Robert Abong'o
updated at February 6, 2024 at 1:41 PM
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  • Tashreeq Matthews has found a new home at PSL side Mamelodi Sundowns
  • The 23-year-old midfielder joined the Brazilians from IK Sirius in Sweden
  • Matthews expressed eagerness to contribute to Masandawana's goals

Tashreeq Matthews left his European stint with Swedish club IK Sirius to join South African powerhouse Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 23-year-old midfielder, who enjoyed a successful season in the Swedish Allsvenskan, opted to return to his roots, shedding light on his decision.

Hailing from Hanover Park, the same Cape Town neighbourhood as legendary Benni McCarthy, Matthews admired Sundowns' facilities and ambitions.

Tashreeq Matthews left Swedish club IK Sirius for Mamelodi Sundowns. Photos: Soccer Laduuma and  TF-Images.
Tashreeq Matthews left Europe for Mamelodi Sundowns. Photos: Soccer Laduuma and TF-Images.
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"The club's training base is truly impressive, and being here in person fills me with joy. The level of professionalism and ambition at Mamelodi Sundowns align perfectly with what I aim to achieve in my career," Matthews told Sundowns Magazine, as reported by iDiski Times.

Highlighting the Brazilians' playing style, Matthews expressed his eagerness to contribute to the team's objectives for the season. He revealed discussions with coach Rulani Mokwena, stressing their shared vision for success on the field.

Joining Matthews in the new signings category is Thembinkosi Lorch, who made the unexpected move from Orlando Pirates. Lorch, acknowledging his growth at the Sea Robbers, shared sentiments with fans, teammates, and management about his transition to Sundowns.

In other transfer news, Kaizer Chiefs are eyeing Sundowns' senior coach, Manqoba Mngqithi, whose contract ends this season. Both Chiefs and AmaZulu are in contention for Mngqithi's signature, as he becomes a free agent post-season.

This development coincides with Mngqithi's contract expiry, with Chiefs expected to appoint a long-term coach. The coach has reportedly indicated a preference for, making it clear that he is not open to joining the Soweto giants at the end of the season.

"The Kaizer Chiefs job appeals to him more, but don’t be surprised if AmaZulu comes calling again if things don’t go according to plan with their current coach," a source close to the coach said, as quoted by The Citizen.

Cavin Johnson will continue as interim coach until the season concludes, with the club previously considering Mngqithi during last season's coaching selection process.

Letsholonyane talks Sundowns’ impact on Bafana at AFCON 2023

Sports Brief reported when former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Reneilwe 'Yeye' Letsholonyane discussed the role played by Mamelodi Sundowns' players in boosting the national team's performance at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations 2023.

Letsholonyane recently stepped down as DDC coach at AmaZulu.

Having earned 54 caps himself for Bafana, he stressed the positive impact as they eliminated Africa’s top-ranked team, Morocco.

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