Steve Komphela believes that Siyabonga Nomvethe should have a statue erected in his honour following his retirement at the weekend.
The 41-year-old ended a colourful and successful career that spanned nearly a quarter of a century when he played his last game at professional level for AmaZulu.
One of South Africa’s favourite sons, Nomvethe retires as the all-time Premier Soccer League top goal-scorer with 123 goals and Komphela says his name should be put up in lights alongside legends like John “Shoes” Moshoeu, who passed away four years ago.
Nomvethe played the final 17 minutes for Usuthu in their last Absa Premiership game of the season against Bloemfontein Celtic over the weekend. He bid a final farewell having played for the Durban side for the past three seasons.
Before that, the legendary striker played for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows locally, while he also forged a successful career overseas. Nomvethe says retiring was the right decision.
Nomvethe also went on to win over 80 caps for his country scoring just under 20 goals. He says he remains unsure what the future holds and hopes to make those decisions in the next two months.
Nomvethe, who began his career at African Wanderers in 1996/1997, was initially set to retire in December, but his contract was extended by six months as AmaZulu sought all the help they could get in their bid to safely negotiate relegation.
After helping complete that job, he says he may remain at the club in a coaching capacity. The team told him they would like him to stay on and the KwaMashu-born forward says it was an option he would consider. – Report by Thahir Asmal
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