Long-serving PSL veteran Mere’s exit from Swallows could mark the end of an era

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Vuyo Mere and Swallows have parted ways. Photo: Steve Haag/BackpagePix
Vuyo Mere and Swallows have parted ways. Photo: Steve Haag/BackpagePix


UPDATE: PSL veteran Mere set to prolong career after joining TS Galaxy

Could this be the end of the road for the longest serving player in the PSL? Veteran defender Vuyo Mere has had an acrimonious exit from Swallows FC.

This year was meant to be his 21st anniversary as a professional footballer, but what was meant to be a landmark moment for the 37-year-old has turned sour after his falling out with the team.

Mere’s career dates back to 2001, when he made his debut as a skinny teenager with Cape Town club Hellenic FC.

Swallows chairperson David Mogashoa did not want to discuss anything related to the player.

 Mogashoa said:

You must speak with Vuyo because he is the one who released a statement. We are not going to say anything on that matter. He was not chased away or anything like that.

“From our side, we are not going to issue any statement or do any farewells, end of story.”

When contacted, Mere confirmed to City Press that he had left the club.

He said:

I don’t want to talk about it, but yes, I can confirm that I’m no longer at Swallows.

Mere has been in limbo at the club for a few months since his rumoured misconduct which warranted disciplinary action.

He has not played a game since October. His right-back position has since been taken over by Thabo Matlaba.

Mere had been with Swallows since 2019 and was instrumental in their promotion from the first division to the premiership.

READ: Players who should be hanging up their boots

He and Lebohang Mokoena were the two stalwarts of the Soweto club and many thought they would hang up their boots at the Birds.

Swallows have had a troubled season in the top division, where they have struggled for form and earlier sacked coach Brandon Truter, who was replaced by Dylan Kerr.

The club remains in a precarious position in 14th place on the DStv Premiership table with 14 points from 18 games.

READ: ‘Proven record’ helped Kerr beat Nyirenda in the race for Swallows coaching job

Mere is among a group of old heads who simply refuse to give up on the game. Others who are still going include Hlompho Kekana, who is rumoured to be on the wanted list of several clubs since he parted ways with Mamelodi Sundowns in November.

There is also Tsepo Masilela at AmaZulu, who also has had a prolonged career.


Gomolemo Motshwane  

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