'Even now Chiefs fans cry for my return'


Siyabonga Nomvethe says he did so well at Kaizer Chiefs that even today the supporters are begging him to come out of retirement and retire properly at the club.

The 41-year-old former Bafana Bafana striker played for the Glamour Boys from 1998 until 2002 and scored 48 goals in 82 starts.

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"Even now they are still crying Chiefs fans saying I must come back home," Nomvethe tells KickOff.com.

"They are saying I must retire there at Chiefs. They are saying 'you are still our child'."

'Bhele' hung up his boots at the end of last season but still believes he could extend his playing career if the right offer comes along.

"Even now I can still go back and play again," he insists. "If there is someone interested I can go and play. I have not thought about it as such, but I'm sitting at home, chilling and relaxing you know.

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"Yes I have retired, but I can still go back and play. I can go back to the field. With the body I have I can still play another two to three years, I'm telling you. It will depend on my heart though. It's the heart that should allow you which team or division you can play in. If you can see my body, you will be surprised."

Nomvethe is still waiting on AmaZulu to tell him in what structures within the club they are going to utilise him. Usuthu general manager announced that they were planning to use him as an ambassador and for PR work.

"No I'm still sitting at home you see. I don't have a job, I'm still at home. I'm still waiting, I don't know what is going to happen. They didn't mention which position I was going to take. I was just told there will be a job for me."

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Born in KwaMashu in KwaZulu-Natal, he started his professional career at African Wanderers in 1996. He went on to play for Chiefs, Italy's Udinese and Salernitana, Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows before hanging up his boots at Usuthu.

The former Absa Premiership and KICK OFF Footballer of the Season also played in Denmark and Sweden.