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Nomvethe ‘could play until 45, maybe 50’

Siyabonga Nomvete Uthongathi

Former Bafana Bafana striker Siyabonga Nomvethe believes he can play until at least the age of 45 after coming out of retirement.

‘Bhele’ had called time on his career at the end of the 2018/19 season, but decided to sign for First Division side Uthongathi FC after former club AmaZulu reportedly failed to honour a promise of offering him a job.

“I was waiting for something from AmaZulu after I had retired, but it didn’t come,” he told SAFM. “So I had to go back and play and these guys, Uthongathi, seriously wanted me.

“AmaZulu promised me something and it never happened. When I finished there, I was expecting to be working but nothing has happened since [my retirement].”

Now 42, Nomvethe is the only member of the South African Under-23 Class of 2000 that is still playing, and he says he doesn’t intend to stop anytime soon.

“I want to play until I’m 45 and, if I feel good, then I will play until I'm 50.”

Nomvethe started his career at African Wanderers before getting his big move to Kaizer Chiefs. He spent many years in Italy and Scandanavia before winding down his career back home with Moroka Swallows and AmaZulu.


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