Bhele joins likes of Sono, Khoza

Bafana Bafana legend Siyabonga Nomvethe has joined the likes of Jomo Sono and Irvin Khoza in receiving an honorary doctorate degree.

Nomvethe has on Tuesday been honoured by the St Paul Bible Institute in Umlazi, KwaZulu Natal for his contribution to sport.

'Bhele' announced his retirement at the end of the season, after an illustrious career that saw him set the local and international football scene alight during spells in the PSL, Serie A as well as in Sweden and Denmark.

The 41-year-old former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates becomes one of the few esteemed South African servants of the beautiful game to earn the 'Doctor' title.

Khoza recieved an honorary doctorate in Philosophy from the University of Zululand in 2004, before Jomo Sono was conferred with two honorary doctorates from the University of Dubai and University of London in December 2016.

According to a statement from his former club AmaZulu, "Bhele was recognized for his contribution to the game, serving as a role model to youngsters."

Nomvethe remains the PSL’s leading goal scorer, having amassed 121 goals in the premier division, while also netting 16 times for Bafana.