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TASHREEQ MATTHEWS OUTLINES HIS DESIRE TO MAKE HIS NAME AT CHLOORKOP Tashreeq Matthews expressed his desire to fight for his place and make a name for himself shortly after sealing a deadline-day move to Masandawana. Having emerged from the Ajax Cape Town Academy, Matthews embarked on his European journey in 2018 when he joined Borussia Dortmund. Since then, he has achieved notable success, particularly in Sweden, where he excelled with Varbergs BoIS and, most recently, IK Sirius. In the Allsvenskan last season, he stood out with 11 goals and 10 assists in 33 games for IK Sirius. Upon arriving in Chloorkop, Matthews commended on what he had seen through the club’s digital platform in comparison to what he experienced on arrival, , “I have seen lots of pictures and social media posts about the club’s training base and I feel so happy to be here in person. It’s expected for a big club like this to have such incredible training resources. The level of professionalism and the ambition of Mamelodi Sundowns align with my aspirations as a player.” His impressive performances last season saw Tashreeq attract several interests in Europe and the Major League Soccer(MLS), but the Brazilians won the race to acquire his services. Having left for Europe as a teenager, the attacking midfielder believes he is ready to make his name in the South African football scene and his family has been supportive of his decisions. “I shared the details with my family, and, ultimately, they respect my decisions. Also, I reached out to a few ex-players and current players like Rushine De Reuck to inquire about the club and their insights played a crucial role in shaping my decision. Their positive feedback encouraged meto choose this path and I am excited about the journey ahead with Mamelodi Sundowns,” the 23-year-old midfielder stated. Known for his skilful and pacey wing play, Matthews aims to bring an extra spark to the Sundowns’ attack as the team prepares to compete on three fronts during the second half of the season: the DStv Premiership, the Nedbank Cup and the CAF Champions League.
“The style of play at the club suits me. It’s a team that loves to play with the ball and retain possession. I have spoken to the coach and we share the same thought processes. I am eager to play my part in helping the team achieve its objectives for the season,”Tashreeq added. As Bafana Ba Style gears up for the second half of the season, the arrival of Matthews will certainly add a dynamic edge to Coach Rulani Mokwena’s attacking options.
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