Tade Happy To Play In South Africa

Auckland's Emiliano Tade. FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017, Al Jazira v Auckland City FC, Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain, UAE, Wednesday 6th December 2017. PICTURE: Shane Wenzlick

By Isaac Ndou

DURBAN: AmaZulu’s new Argentine striker Emiliano Tade has revealed the joy of finally having to play football in South Africa as it was something he had been thinking about for a long time. 

Tade joined Usuthu following a stint with Auckland City in New Zealand where he scored a remarkable 73 goals in 97 appearances over two stints with the club. Although he has a haul of goals to his name,  the striker says he is more interested in working with the rest of his teammates to achieve AmaZulu’s targets than his own personal goals. 
 
“I am very happy to be here, something that I have had in my mind for a couple of years. When the opportunity came up, there was no room to think about it. I do not think about individual goals, for me, it is a collective. It comes down to what we can do as a team, as a group”
 
“There will always be some individuals that step up at clubs that achieve something, so if that is me then happy days and if it is one of my teammates then happy days as well,” said Tade on the AmaZulu’s website.
 
The 30 years old Santiago del Estero born striker who was in the upcoming season’s preparations with AmaZulu went on to reveal that he does not really enjoy pre-season as he is mostly concerned about competing in games and this time in the Absa Premiership.
 
“We have been preparing for a few weeks already. Pre-season is one of those things, as a footballer you do not enjoy that much. Everyone can see the excitement towards the first game,” added Tade.
 
“It is important for this team to do well. Everyone who plays football wants to get somewhere and win. That is just part of the nature of being an athlete,” he further said. 
 
The hitman will hope he can introduce himself to South African football with a debut goal when Usuthu plays their first 2018/19 Absa Premiership match against Baroka at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.