Tristan Moses spent years developing with the Chiefs, and his departure to Sundowns came as a surprise, but he believes he deserved more than just playing without a contract after the 2017-18 season.
Moses expressed his desire to play in the 2017 Macufe Cup as he traveled to Bloemfontein with the Chiefs first team, where he would have made his senior team debut.
The then-19-year-old would share a room with Chiefs legend Siphiwe Tshabalala at Macufe, an experience he would cherish for the rest of his life because it was his first time rubbing shoulders with high-profile players.
“When we got there (in Bloemfontein), I said to myself, ‘I wanted to play Macufe Cup’, that would have been my senior team debut,” said Moses on DiskiTalkWithLuyolo.
“Funny enough, they… Shabba, he was still playing… he told the kit men that they must give me a room with him. You know, Shabba always used to be that guy to inspire the younger ones.
“So, he told me, ‘you and I are sharing, Moses’. And I was like, ‘Okay, damn’. You must understand, I am still young at the time because I am not used to being associated with these big names.”
Moses noted that, despite his hopes of a senior team contract with Chiefs, Sundowns was the only team that offered him a contract at the end of that season.
Moses claimed that he presented Chiefs with the Sundowns offer in the hopes that they would challenge it.
Instead, the Soweto behemoths remained silent until he made the decision to depart Naturena for Chloorkop.
“Like I said, our lives (as youngsters) changed from then onwards, and by the end of the season, there was one club in the whole of South Africa that offered me a contract, and that was Sundowns,” revealed Moses.
“And I really thought I deserved something because I really performed well [that season]. I performed, I was recognised, and I really thought I deserved more.
“And I even consulted them (Kaizer Chiefs) about my offer. I told them this is what I have (from Sundowns). What was their response? There was nothing (no response),” added Moses.
Despite holding a first-team contract, the now 24-year-old defender played a significant role in the Sundowns Diski Challenge team.
Moses and Sundowns parted ways at the end of the 2020-21 season, and the lanky defender hasn’t played since.