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Sukazi Confirms Vuyo Mere Decision

Veteran defender Vuyo Mere will stay at TS Galaxy, president Tim Sukazi confirmed.

Mere, 39, made his Premier Soccer League debut in 2001/02 with Hellenic and is still going strong.

He appeared in just four matches last season in all competitions, having arrived from Swallows FC in the second half of the 2021/22 campaign.

Interestingly, he was the only player Galaxy signed in the second half of that season when they were at the bottom, with Sukazi insisting he adds so much more to the dressing room than just on-field contributions.

“Mere stays at the club,” Sukazi told iDiski Times.

“If you remember, during the Africa Cup of Nations finals last year, TS Galaxy was rock-bottom of the log and when everyone was reinforcing all kinds of players, we only signed one player only – Vuyo Mere.

“I have made it clear that we didn’t sign him to play but for the change room, so he has made a lot of contribution for us to survive.

“Of course as the club, we also want to transition him in the new roles as he grows within the game as his career phases out on the playing field.

“He’s 39 years old, still pushes well and we are happy with him.”

Vuyo Mere of Hellenic during the 2002/03 Castle Premiership football match between African Wanderers and Hellenic at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 04 May 2003 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

In a career that spans over 22 years now, Mere has won two league titles with Mamelodi Sundowns, SAA Supa 8, before leaving them in 2011 to join the now defunct Platinum Stars.

In Phokeng, Mere’s trophy success followed, winning the double in the 2013/14 season – the Telkom Knockout and MTN8 – beating Orlando Pirates in both finals under coach Alan Freese. He was there for seven years, before the club was relegated and then became defunct in 2018.

Mere then joined Gavin Hunt’s Bidvest Wits in the following season, featuring in 22 matches in all competitions. But he was on the move again to join Swallows in the Motsepe Foundation Championship ahead of the 2019/20 season. Along with Lebogang Mokoena he helped the Dube Birds to gain PSL top flight promotion, leaving him in tears at the end when he was holding the trophy. But he left in the second half of the 2021/22 season due non-payment at the club.

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Internationally, Mere was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that lost all group stage matches at the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt under the late Ted Dumitru. He’s the only player from that squad, who is still playing in the PSL.  

The last of his nine senior appearances for Bafana was also one to forget, as he was sent off in a 3-1 defeat to Nigeria at 2014 Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament in Cape Town. 

Story by Robin-Duke Madlala (@duke_robin).

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.