Former Bafana Bafana forward Siyabonga Nomvethe has retired from competitive football after more than two decades in the sport.
Nomvethe in a press conference on Friday announced that this is “my last season” with AmaZulu FC and believes he has given so much to the game and in return enjoyed his time as a footballer.
The striker who turns 41 in December said he finds it “unbelievable” that he has played for 24 years.
“It’s my last season to play football. It’s unbelievable for me. Before I go far, first, I will like to thank my family and management of AmaZulu, players of AmaZulu, the coach and the staff for the opportunity they gave me to be part of AmaZulu. I have enjoyed my time here. I never expected to play these many years, 24 years to be exact of my career.
“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,” Nomvethe said at the press conference.
Novemthe played for South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cups. He made more than 80 appearances for Bafana Bafana and scored 16 goals since his international debut in 1999.
He also played in the Africa Cup of Nations in 2000, 2002 and 2004.