Wayne Arendse has paid a tribute to Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe as he bid an emotional farewell to the club.

The long-serving defender was released, along with veteran midfielder Anthony Laffor and young Katlego Otladisa, by the Brazilians on Friday.

”Mamelodi Sundowns are sad to announce that they are parting ways with Anthony Laffor, Wayne Arendse, and Katlego Otladisa.

”Thank You, gentlemen, for the contribution you have given the club and the joy you have brought to the Yellow Nation,” said the club in a statement.

Arendse and Laffor joined Mamelodi Sundowns from SuperSport United and Santos respectively eight years ago, making as many 170 appearances each throughout a trophy-laden period.

”I’m immensely proud of the trophies I’ve won, of representing this giant of a club both locally and abroad while battling with the greatest footballers on the planet,” said Arendse.

”To this end, the president, Dr Patrice Motsepe, deserves my gratitude for recruiting me and giving me this platform to display my talent. For this, I will always be grateful. Thank you.

”After eight incredible years, it’s time to say farewell to this magnificent club. I sincerely hope that I’ve contributed to the success we’ve achieved as the Masandawana family.”

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