JOHANNESBURG, September 14 – Former Bafana Bafana striker Siyabonga Nomvethe on Friday announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 40, at the end of this year.
Currently plying his trade for AmaZulu, Nomvethe’s contract will not be renewed when it expires in December.
“It’s time for the youngsters to take over. Football is about playing with the heart. I have done my part. I am very happy. It is time to say goodbye. Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way,” said Nomvethe
“I have played all over the world. Scored in the World Cup. I’ve won awards, but for me the most important thing was to keep playing and enjoying football.”
Nomvethe made his debut for Bafana Bafana in 1999, made 81 appearances scoring 16 goals. He played his last match for Bafana in 2012. He was part of the SA side which took part in the 2002 Fifa World Cup, when he scored a goal against Slovenia. (ANA)