AmaZulu consider retaining Nomvethe

Siyabonga Nomvete
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The AmaZulu Football Club has hinted at retaining the services of, one of South Africa’s best strikers, Siyabonga Nomvethe to groom young players.

The former Bafana Bafana striker was seen in action against Black Leopards in his last home game at the King Goodwill Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi, KwaZulu-Natal.

The 41-year-old KwaMashu-born star is set to hang up his boots at the end of June.

Bhele, as he is affectionately known, did not disappoint his fans with a good defense effort – but the game ended in a one-all draw.

“Today it’s amazing the way this happened especially with the award I got from the team and the last match playing at home because it’s coming to the end now ever since I started playing football for me I feel like I have done everything in my career now it’s come to leave everything to young players.”

Fans and the club are sad to see the popular player leave the sport.

However, AmaZulu General Manager, Lunga Sokhela, says he hopes to keep him in club structures. “We are happy that we are one of the clubs that he has played for among many clubs here locally and abroad. We are sad, but in our minds is somebody we are going to keep with the club, especially to try and groom the young stars to emulate what he’s done in his long career. So we haven’t lost him completely. We don’t want to lose him, but we are really excited to have had him as part of AmaZulu football club.”

Teammate and goalkeeper, Siyabonga Mbatha, wishes Bhele well in his future endevours. “Playing in the same team as uBhele was an honour to me because as young person you always see this person the way he is as an individual the way he carries himself so it’s humbling for me and I would like to wish him everything of the best,” Mbatha says.

Nomvethe has 82 national caps and has scored 16 goals for Bafana Bafana.

The PSL’s top all-time top goalscorer, with 123 goals, has also played for African Wanderers, Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

He’s also dazzled internationally in Italy, Sweden and Denmark.

The legend is playing his cards close to his chest about plans for the future.