Cape Town - Cape Town City have parted ways with Australian Matt Sim and Latvian Renars Rode, the Absa Premiership club has confirmed.
The Telkom Knockout champions brought in several players from Australasia and Europe to add experience in what is the club's first season.
But having parted ways with Australian winger James Brown in October, the Mother City outfit have now cut a further two foreign players from their squad.
Sim is the surprise name, having featured regularly in the heart of midfield.
"Cape Town City FC can officially confirm that Matt Sim has decided to stay in Australia for personal reasons after the break and will not be returning to Cape Town," read a club statement.
"The club has reluctantly released Sim. We wish him well with his future and thank him for the memorable moments at CTCFC, especially his two goals against Kaizer Chiefs on two separate occasions.
"This opens up a foreigner birth for the club as we'll be looking to bolster the squad in January.
"In addition, Latvian player Renars Rode has been released by mutual agreement. Lack of game time has prompted the club to sever ties with Rode. We wish him the best of luck with his future career."