How bicycle kick inspired Zuma's label
Posted: 24 October 2017 Time: 09:00
When Sibusiso Zuma scored with a spectacular bicycle kick for Danish club FC Copenhagen in June 2001, little did he know that it would one day inspire him to launch a clothing label he now calls Rhee-Loaded.
Nicknamed Rhee during his playing days, Zuma scored the goal against Brondby. The logo he uses for his clothing line resembles the bicycle kick goal which was voted as the club’s greatest moment by fans. Some of his clothing is sold in the Copenhagen fan shop and he is hoping to launch in South Africa before the end of the year.
"I have been busy. I have been travelling a lot to Europe. I launched my clothing line that side and I am hoping that maybe I can launch it in South Africa at the end of this year. There’s a lot that’s coming," the former Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns striker says.
"My clothing label is called Rhee-Loaded. I took the goal I scored for Copenhagen and I made it a logo. It was the Copenhagen fans who wanted to buy my stuff when I left for Germany [Armenia Bielefeld]. It’s doing well, so I decided to take this thing seriously. We are getting new stuff and we have a few designers. So I hope we can launch in South Africa so that South Africans can see what I am doing. They telling me that they don’t see me, but I am around."
Unlike most players who go into coaching at the end of their careers, Zuma was never interested in sitting on the bench giving players instructions.
"Coaching was never in my plans. My dream was to own a sport label like Nike or Adidas, which I am busy with right now. I am trying to get funding. We are hoping to have a factory in Cape Town by next year June, so I am really crossing my fingers," he says.
The former Bafana Bafana player stressed the importance of players investing for life after football.
"You have to, especially with us footballers because we have short careers. We have kids and schools are very expensive. Investment is key. I am hoping teams can help the young guys, to make them aware that investing is important."