Danish giants to honour Bafana legend
Posted: 17 October 2018 Time: 09:45
KickOff.com has learnt that Danish giants FC Copenhagen are planning to honour Bafana Bafana legend Sibusiso Zuma with two testimonial matches.
This website understands one of the games is being lined up for Durban's Moses Mabhida Stadium and the other will take place in Denmark.
Zuma starred for FCK from 2000 to 2005 after joining them from Orlando Pirates.
The 43-year-old will soon fly out to Denmark to finalise arrangements for his send-off.
"The club is planning something like that (two testimonial matches) but I'll know more when I'm coming back from there next month," Zuma tells this website.
"So I'm going there to finalise everything. From what I've gathered they are planning to do two testimonial games, in Denmark and another one in South Africa.
"Having said that, this means a lot to me. Because looking at it, this brings joy and excitement for my contribution into football. But what I'm most thrilled about is the trip that they (Copenhagen) are going to embark to South Africa, because it is something big that we are planning and that is what excites me most.
"But at this point in time I can't speak about it and what is buzzing in my mind right now.
"FC Copenhagen is the same as home to me. I'll be also watching their UEFA Europa League game (against Slavia Praha of Romania on October 25). I'll be attending that game."
Zuma helped FC Copenhagen win their second league title in nearly a decade in his first season with the club. He scored with a bicycle kick in the last game of that campaign against Brondby at Parken Stadium, which was voted the Superliga's Goal of the Decade in 2009. Four years later the club erected a monument outside their stadium commemorating that goal, while they also voted Zuma into their Hall of Fame nine years ago.
Meanwhile, Zuma, who captained Bafana at the 2006 AFCON in Egypt, is also starting his own academy in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal.
"There are things like that but as I've said I'm going to finalise everything in Denmark. The land has been approved where the academy will be at," says Zuma, who retired in 2014 at SuperSport United, where he won the Nedbank Cup in 2012.
"So I'll know more once I come back next month. But with this one of the academy I'm leading from the front. It was something I wanted to do when I got time. My family is also excited of course."
In August Zuma organised a legends match in Hammarsdale, which featured the likes of Benjamin Mwaruwari, Siyabonga Sangweni, Benedict Vilakazi, Joseph Makhanya, Lennox Bacela, Brian Baloyi and Thabo September