Siyabonga Nomvethe has finally revealed the real reason he did not rejoin Kaizer Chiefs when he came back from overseas in 2009.
'Bhele' made a name for himself at Chiefs between 1998 to 2001, where he made 76 appearances and scored 42 goals before moving to Udinese in Italy. He was loaned around Europe for a few seasons and spent three years at Aalborg in Denmark before returning to South Africa.
Many fans were not impressed that he did not rejoin Amakhosi and opted for Moroka Swallows, and the 41-year-old revealed the reason why he ended up at the Dube Birds.
"When I came back home, we did speak to Kaizer Chiefs together with my manager but unfortunately the club was still busy with other players and Moroka Swallows were knocking as well," he explained.
"Things were delaying with Chiefs, so we decided let's sign with Swallows because they were also serious about me and I needed to play."
Nomvethe was one of Swallows' star players, winning numerous awards which led to his return to Bafana Bafana for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. In 2016 he joined AmaZulu, a team where some believe he did not get enough game-time.
Bhele was asked whether he had any issues with any of his coaches in his 25-year career, especially AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson, as he did not get much game-time before his decision to retire at the end of the season.
"I've never had any issues with any coach in my career, even the one I'm currently working with," Nomvethe insisted. "I respect them all, I understand their job. It's something I didn't even want to experience to fight with a coach because it can destroy you as a player."
Nomvethe is the all-time leading scorer in the PSL with 123 goals and was asked about the standard of strikers in the league now and whether there are any who could reach his record.
"The game has changed, defenders have improved," he said. "It not easy for strikers and I don't think we must be harsh on them. My advice is they need to keep on working hard and know their role in the game."