Usuthu 40-year-old Birthday “boy” Bhele keeps on going


Siyabonga Nomvethe

South Africa has had the pleasure to watch and marvel at the exploits of Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe for two decades. Despite his long list of achievements, the man from KwaMashu remains humble and a source of inspiration.

The PSL all-time leading goal scorer chats to AmaZulufc.net about his role under a youthful Usuthu project this season whilst digging deep into what keeps him inspired.

Turning 40 on 02 December 2017

“I never thought I’d get to this age, I’m extremely happy that I am still playing, and that I can still mix it up with the youngsters in the team. It’s a big deal to me, it’s a blessing because it seldom happens in South Africa. Even on this day I’m still pleased that I’m still able to use the talent that God gave me.”

“My family has been quite supportive all the time, everyone at home and my kids, they follow me everywhere I go.
For them and me it’s a positive legacy to look back into,” said Nomvethe.

I followed the likes of Ronaldo

“Growing up I followed the likes of Luiz Ronaldo, Doctor Khumalo, Paul Ndlanya, Shaun Bartlett, and it is amazing that I got to meet some of them. Growing up alongside them helped to shape me to be a better player.”

Teammates must come first

“What’s important is to work hard for the team and not to worry about stardom, your teammates must come first.”
“If you’re going to give your all in the task at hand, especially since we’re given talents in different degrees, hard work often becomes key to achieve something in your career,” he said.

Football is a family sport

Last week the Serie A alumni rallied Usuthu’s Reserve side to an early lead against Ajax Cape Town Reserves in the Multichoice Diski.

Despite the visitors equalising in the dying moments of the match his life learned football experiences alongside coaches Ronnie Moroka, Ayanda Dlamini and Steve Bezuidenhout benefited the players immensely.

“On my side the important thing is that you play football for the passion and love of it first. What I’d like some of our younger players to master, is that football itself is a family sport.”

“Football is everything to us because it motivates and uplifts, it’s a sport that has a huge support. Me playing with youngsters is not because it’s just Multichoice Diski, we need to lead by example by showing them positive things and to be serious about the game,” said Nomvethe.

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