Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe, popularly known as Bhele, is one of South Africa's legendary football players. The latter has earned himself a name in the sport for his excellent performance. He has been in the sport for more than fifteen years and his hard work has paid him off. Not only has he played for the national team in the FIFA world cup, but he has also played in a couple of international teams.
Siyabonga Nomvethe started his career as a football player at a young age in a team that no one imagined would groom him to become the icon that he is. He showed resilience and hard work in the sport, and that had a major influence in moulding him into becoming the star that he is. He has gone higher in ranks and played for international teams. He has also had the opportunity to represent South Africa during the FIFA World Cup. He has set an admirable record that most people look up to.
Siyabonga Nomvethe biography
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Siyabonga Nomvethe age
How old is Siyabonga Nomvethe? The latter was born on the 2nd of December 1977. He hails from Kwa-Mashu in the northern parts of Durban in KwaZulu Natal. As of date, he is forty-one years old.
Siyabonga Nomvethe family
Siyabonga Nomvethe wife
On the 6th of June 2012, the latter married the love of his life in a traditional Zulu wedding. The wedding was held outside Durban in KwaMashu and was only attended by invited guests and close relatives. The name of Siyabnga Nomvethe wife is Nompumelelo “Mpumi” Ngubane-Mpanza.
Siyabonga Nomvethe career
The light of Siyabonga's career began to shine in 1994 when he began to play for Durban Cosmos, a team in the lower league of Durban. Here, he used to play as a striker. After a few months in Durban Cosmos, he opted for a change and joined Claremont Blizzards. After a few months of being in Claremont Blizzards, the team was folded in the year that followed. He, therefore, ended up joining African Wanderers. This happened during the second round of the South African league.
Joining African Wanderers was very important to him and the team at large as he was very instrumental in helping the team secure a promotion. It is during this time that he also had the chance to be part of the Premier Soccer League. During his debut season when his team played against Chiefs, he impressed everyone when he scored two goals.
Siyabonga Nomvethe in Kaizer Chiefs
In the sixth month of 1998, Siyabonga was poached by the Kaizer Chiefs where he played as a forward and a striker. He diligently played this position, and on 8th August 1998, in a match against Bloemfontein Celtic, he scored the only goal even though his team lost to Bloemfontein Celtic.
In the course of the matches played during that season, the latter got injured and, therefore, that meant that he would have to stay out of the pitch for a couple of months. Upon returning to the pitch, he managed to score a cumulative eight goals for the rest of the matches during that season. He was made to play in the place of Pollen Ndlanya.
His return to the pitch was very beneficial as it played an important role in ensuring that the team won the first silverware of the new millennium. Upon his return, he scored a total of twenty-two goals, three of which were instrumental in earning the team the title.
The latter scored eleven goals in the first half of the season. He scored the first goal of the millennium for the team on 8th January 2000. This was during a match against his former team, the African Wanderers. In the season that followed, he scored a cumulative 18 goals. The last goal that he scored for the team was on the 24th of April 2001. This was during a match against Bloemfontein Celtic. The match ended with a 5-0 win. He later announced his departure from the team and his prospects to go abroad.
Siyabonga Nomvethe in Udinese
After his departure from Kaizer Chiefs, he went abroad and was signed by Udinese Calcio: an Italian club. He was part of the squad in Series A. In 2002, he, however, proved his loyalty when he went to play for South Africa during the FIFA world cup that was held that year.
While in the Italian club, he made his presence known when he scored the only and winning goal during a match against Slovenia. The two years that followed at Udinese were not successful. He ended up being loaned out to other Italian clubs that were smaller. Between January 2004 and June 2005, he played for Salernitana Calcio and Empoli F.C. For the six months that followed, he was loaned to play for Djurgårdens IF, a Swedish club. In December 2005, he permanently left Udinese. He opted to go back to South Africa and joined Orlando Pirates.
Siyabonga Nomvete in Aalborg BK
Six months after his return back to the country, the latter landed another deal to join Aalborg BK, a club in the Danish Superliga. He heeded to the call and went back abroad. He played for the club for the three years that followed. These were his most successful years as he was part of the squad that played and won the Danish Superliga for the 2007-2008 season. During the UEFA Cup 2008-2009 round of 16 matches, he scored a penalty in a match against Manchester City. The goal was, however, rejected.
Siyabonga in Moroka Swallows
In 2009, he moved back to South Africa and joined Moroka Swallows, one of the rivals of the two teams that he had played for: Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
Siyabonga current team
In 2016, the latter left Moroka Swallows and joined AmaZulu FC. He played for the team until in 2018 when he announced that he would be retiring from football. Siyabonga Nomvethe retirement was, however, put on halt after the club announced that they had talked him into staying a little longer until the end of the season. The club posted updates regarding on its Twitter account saying:
AmaZulu FC can confirm that both the club and Siyabonga Nomvethe have agreed on a contract extension until end of the season. Bhele was due to retire at the end of 2018 but has agreed to stay on."
Siyabonga Nomvethe awards
Siyabonga's skill in football has not only earned him a name in the country but has also been beneficial in earning him awards. He was recognised as PSL Footballer of the Year by. He was also recognised as Absa Player of the Season. He also won the Players' Player of the Season.
During the 2011/2012 season, he took home the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot alongside other PSL awards whose worth was R600,000.
Siyabonga Nomvethe stats
Looking at the latter's stats, it goes without question that he is one of the legendary players that South Africa is proud to have. He has a record of a cumulative 75 goals in 62 matches, out of which, 26 were winning goals.
Siyabonga Nomvethe measurements
The latter has been able to give his best in the position that he has played as a striker and forward due to his ideal physique. He is 1.78m tall.
Siyabonga Nomvethe net worth
It is not clear how much the skilled footballer is, even though he ranks among the highest-paid footballers in the country.
Siyabonga Nomvethe latest news
On the 18th of June, months after the skilled striker announced his prospects to retire from the sport, he topped the news headlines after acquiring a new title that would change his name to Dr Siyabonga Nomvethe. This title came after St Paul Bible Institute awarded him an honorary doctorate in sports. This was a recognition for his contribution to the country's football. It was also in recognition for serving as a role model for most people.
Among those that came to confirm the news about Siyabonga Nomvethe graduation is the AmaZulu football club. Through a post on Twitter, the club stated:
Siyabonga Nomvethe has been honoured by the St Paul Bible Institute with a Doctorate Degree in Sport.
The post went further to state:
Bhele was recognized for his contribution to the game, serving as a role model to youngsters. The PSL’s leading goal scorer. Legend.
Siyabonga Nomvether is one of the most accomplished football players in South Africa. His soccer career has had a great influence on the country's football team. He has set a record and earned himself a name in the sport.
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