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The early Mamelodi Sundowns days after Dr Patrice Motsepe’s takeover. Image: Twitter

Mamelodi Sundowns’ former star Mere recalls setting a rope and stool to kill himself

The former Mamelodi Sundowns star Vuyo Mere once lost his job and called his parents to apologise before trying to commit suicide.

Mamelodi Sundowns

The early Mamelodi Sundowns days after Dr Patrice Motsepe’s takeover. Image: Twitter

Football careers are rewarding as much as they are horrifying. Mamelodi Sundowns’ former defender Vuyo Mere, who now plays for TS Galaxy, has revealed how he once considered taking his life.


While having a chat about the importance of mental health support and treatment in professional sports, Mere says he sunk into depression after he was released by Kabo Yellow.

After indulging in a life of all-night partying and alcohol, Mere’s performances at Sundowns started to dwindle until he was no longer useful.

He found himself without a club and with no calls appearing on his agent’s phone with offers, Mere considered killing himself.

“Coach Gordon Igesund told me ‘we have signed Rudi Isaacs, we have no space for you,” Mere said via The Sowetan.

“I don’t remember how I was able to drive from there to my place. But I got home and locked myself in the room. I was caged in for three days. 

“I decided let me move back home to Bloemfontein but I did not want to disappoint my parents. I decided to wait a few more days, maybe someone will call or Sundowns will have a change of mind.

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After giving up on Mamelodi Sundowns’ possibility to call him back, the former Hellenic footballer arrived at the worst moment of his life.

“The days went and nothing happened. I then decided let me just take my life. I called my parents to say I was sorry for disappointing them. I dropped the phone before my mother replied.

“I had already prepared the rope that was hanging from my ceiling. I just needed to find a stool to step on. I felt scared and something told me I should wait a couple more hours.

“About four or five hours later, I heard a knock on my door. It was my parents. They had driven all the way from Bloemfontein. I had no idea how they made the decision and got there,” Mere added.

Following a significant time unemployed, Mere eventually found Platinum Stars and the rest was history.

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