SuperSport United coach Kaitano Tembo has paid tribute to Clayton Daniels after the centre-back departed the club this week.
The 36-year-old defender left Matsatsantsa after failing to agree to a new contract.
With a number of young players coming up through the youth academy, the club didn't push to retain the services of the former Mamelodi Sundowns player, who has featured as a bit-part player this season.
Speaking to the SowetanLIVE, Tembo said: "It is sad to lose him as he has been a pillar of strength. He won trophies with the team, and all we can do is to wish him all the best in his next chapter.
"He played that role of a senior player when he was around the likes of Sipho Mbule, Teboho Mokoena, Luke Fleurs and Keanan Philips.
"He held these players by the hand, and I think it is an opportunity for them to show what they have learned [from him] and pass the baton [to the current crop of youngsters]."
- TEAMtalk media