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AmaZulu veteran Siyabonga Nomvete feels like a youngster

Posted: 5 October 2016 Time: 09:46

In-form veteran Siyabonga Nomvete says he still feels like a youngster and has no thoughts of retiring.

'Bhele', who turns 39 in December, continues to shine in the National First Division, netting four goals in five matches to fire AmaZulu to the summit alongside KwaZulu-Natal neighbours Thanda Royal Zulu.

"It makes me happy to be on the field and it encourages other players that we have assembled that they are playing with someone who is more experienced," Nomvete tells KickOff.com.

"But I don't tell that to myself that I have played football for a long time and I have earned experience. I always look at myself as still a youngster. Here we treat each other equal and it's encouraging.

"When I get on the field I tell them, 'guys no one is old or young and we are all equal', and that is what is important to win matches."

The former Bafana Bafana star is determined to help Usuthu return to the Absa Premiership following their relegation from the topflight at the end of 2014/15.

"Usuthu has to go back to the PSL and they don't deserve to be where they are. And with retiring at the end of this season, it hasn't crossed my mind. The time of that will come where I will come publicly and say, 'I'm left with this time in football'. But for now it's a gift and I don't want to waste it.

"God gave me this talent. If you look at talented youngsters we saw in the past that had a future, where are they now? And why are people when they see me at this age asking the question of when I'm retiring from football?

"But mine is a gift and people should see that I'm still scoring and I'm not taking chances. I dedicate myself to this game, I work hard to help the team to move forward."

Nomvete, who earned 82 international caps, is the PSL's record scorer with 119 goals.

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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