Tsutsulupa: ‘Bhele’ is not too old

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In 2011/12, Nomvete dominated domestic football and showed the younger players how to score as he banged in 20 goals, top scoring in all competitions.

His achievement – at the age of 34 – was crucial in powering Moroka Swallows to the runners-up spot in the final Premiership log standings.

Although Nomvete – who turns 36 in December – has not been enjoying as much action this season, Tsutsulupa says a player of his calibre remains valuable to Moroka Swallows – or any other team in the Premiership.

The Swallows skipper dispelled the widely held belief that players of Nomvete’s age are no longer fit enough to keep up with the rigours of the demands of top-flight football.

“He is a vastly experienced player that has seen a lot in terms of football. He may not be as active as he was but he is sill an important part of the team,” Tsutsulupa tells KickOff.com.

“He is an inspiration to all of us, not just the younger players. He is a free person who can be approached by any member of the team for advice.

“He is professional about the role that he plays in the team. He is always there when the coach wants his to play.”

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