Siyabonga Nomvethe says he still sees himself as a youngster
Posted: 5 November 2017 Time: 19:00
AmaZulu striker Siyabonga Nomvethe turns 40 in December but still sees himself as a youngster.
Nomvethe, who played overseas and earned 82 Bafana Bafana caps in his prime, reiterated his value with a goal in a recent 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns.
The KwaMashu-born forward is the PSL's record marksman with 120 goals.
“What has kept me going for all these years; I still see myself as a youngster, I don’t see myself as a grown man. Part of it is because I’m a mama’s boy,” says Nomvethe.
“If you haven’t noticed I’m one person who is down to earth even when huge achievements occurred. I don’t take it to the extreme, it's just normal.
“I don’t take it, ‘Now I’ve done this and I feel I’m also respected’. No, not the case. I still want to work harder and more than last time.”
The former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates man says he was inspired earlier in his career by legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldo de Lima. Ronaldo, a three-time FIFA World Player of the Year, retired in 2011 having plundered 62 goals in 98 outings for the Samba Boys.
“I was inspired by Ronaldo, the Brazilian. He was the one who I looked up to because I knew his work and it was his duty to score goals.”