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Birthday wishes flood in for AmaZulu's veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe

Posted: 2 December 2017 Time: 08:00

Many current and former PSL players have joined the South African football fraternity in wishing evergreen AmaZulu striker Siyabonga Nomvethe a happy birthday.

Nomvethe turned 40 today and continues to add value, having recently scored a record-extending 120th goal in the topflight against Mamelodi Sundowns.

'Bhele', who was born in KwaMashu, earned 82 caps for Bafana Bafana and played overseas in his prime after turning professional with African Wanderers in 1997.

A number of his peers have saluted the inspirational forward on his special day.

Thabo September (Former SuperSport United defender): "What a tricky player. He will run left and right and always draw you on the line. When he was at Moroka Swallows the only best way to mark him was to put him in an offside position. I knew he was quick to lose his mind because he was already rich and thinking about his cattle in KwaZulu-Natal...ha ha ha. On a serious note, what a gentleman both on and off the field. I want to say happy birthday to him. He remains the longest serving player in the PSL. His discipline and dedication is a great inspiration to many youngsters. I am grateful to see him still playing and may he continue enjoying playing football."

Tebogo Monyai (Former Moroka Swallows defender): "Look I wish could have strong legs like him and continue playing football. He is unbelievable. He is strong and healthy, players must draw inspiration from him. I played against him on many occasions, difficult to mark. He will turn to the left and then turn right with both feet, unpredictable and a very clever player. He remains a great role model to many players. I wish him a happy birthday."

Cavin Johnson (AmaZulu coach): "I wish him all the best on his birthday. Thank God he is still able to play. As a club we wish him a happy birthday."

Vincent Kobola (Cape Town City defender): "It's great to see him still playing. It shows that if you respect the game and remain disciplined you can continue playing football for many years. I am sure many youngsters at AmaZulu are learning a lot from him. I wish him a happy birthday."

Japie Motale (Former SuperSport United defender): "What a player! I feel honoured that you called me to talk about Nomvethe. He continues to shine and is representing us so called 'old crocks'. He is great motivation to the youngsters. He is also sending a message on behalf of football players that it's not over until the fat lady sings. Players are being judged and forced to retire at a certain age. Nomvethe is doing a wonderful job and is fighting on behalf of players. He is fighting in the right way because he doesn't talk but performs on the field of play. He says bring on the youngsters and I will run into them. I played with him at Bafana Bafana. He is a wonderful guy. I wish him happy birthday and wish him many more years of life and success."

Ishmael Maluleke (Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker): "I want to wish Siyabonga Nomvethe a happy birthday. May his legs keep him going and he goes on to make history of becoming the longest serving football player in South Africa. May he enjoy his big day on Saturday together with his family."

Augusto Palacios (Orlando Pirates development coach): "I want to congratulate him for reaching a milestone in football. He remains a great role model in football. He was a great ambassador of African football when he played overseas. May God continue to give him more energy, intelligence and all the best for his birthday."

Sibusiso Zuma (Former Bafana Bafana striker): "With all the goals he created for me in the national team and African Wanderers, I would like to say thank you to him. I thank him for being a good friend and keeping me on my toes and making sure that we work hard. I wish him the best of luck now and for whatever he is going to do when he eventually retires. I am a phone call away if he ever needs anything from me."

Lefa Tsutsulupa (Former Moroka Swallows midfielder): "I believe that if he feels fit and loves the game, then he should continue playing. Let’s be honest, we are not getting enough goals and youngsters can learn from him. These are people that need to be protected and kept in football. I say happy birthday to him and wish him all the best."

Article by: Ernest Fakude
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