Siyabonga Nomvethe says he is proud of his achievements, as he prepares to play his final home match for AmaZulu before calling it quits at the end of the season.
'Bhele', who has played professional football since 1994, will retire at the end of this season after making his name at African Wanderers, Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows and Bafana Bafana. Usuthu take on Black Leopards at King Zwelithini Stadium this afternoon (15h00).
Speaking with the media on Thursday ahead of Usuthu's last home game, the veteran striker said he is proud of what he has achieved in the beautiful game.
"I'm happy to retire now while I still enjoy the game. I played my part in this game now I'm leaving it in the good hands of the new generation. As a player I'm proud of what I've achieved and ending my career at a club like Usuthu," Nomvethe said.
"Whatever I did as a player was for every team I represented during my career. I've done everything to showcase my talent and now is a good time to retire and let other young players shine, including my son Lifa who is currently doing well at the age of 17."
On their game against Leopards, Nomvethe says Usuthu must make sure they play well and get three points to appreciate the supporters for their love during a difficult campaign.
"We must make our supporters happy. This match against Leopards, we have to make sure we win since it's our last match at home. Like I always do, this game is not about me but about the whole team and a positive result."
AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson said the veteran striker will be part of the 18-man squad and urged KwaZulu-Natal to celebrate Nomvethe for representing the province to the world.
"He's definitely part of the 18-man squad," Johnson added.
"It's about time Nomvethe gets the recognition he deserves, he has done well for himself and the province. We can't be selfish and think about Usuthu only but let's look at how we can honour and use him to get other top players like him. He's a very good example to the youth."