Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe came out of retirement to join GladAFrica Championship side Uthongathi as a result of AmaZulu apparently partially forcing him to hang up his boosts and not keeping their promise of offering the striker a job.
“I have to say I’m disappointed that I didn’t get the job I was promised at AmaZulu, but I have no hard feelings. I respect the club, it’s a big institution, but I thought I would be working there by now. The coach would say, ‘this one is too old’, but I wasn’t ready to retire,” said Nomvete in an interview with Thabiso Mosia on SA FM.
“The club AmaZulu promised me something and it never happened. When I finished there, I was expecting to be working. But nothing has happened since. I spent 6 months sitting at home, sleeping, waking up, taking the kids to school.
“I was waiting for something at AmaZulu after I retired, but it didn’t come, so I had to go back and play and these guys Uthongathi seriously wanted me.”
According to the 42-year-old, he was in good form when he was compelled to retire.
“If you look at the games, I played at AmaZulu, 5 games last season, I came off the bench and scored twice, but my last game I only got 30 seconds against Golden Arrows.”
The former Bafana Bafana striker made it clear that he isn’t coming back because he is financially unstable.
“I hear people say I am out of money and that’s why I’m coming back. But that’s not the case. I mean I have a house in Umhlanga…I have another one in Johannesburg. I drive a Toyota Tazz even though I have a VW Golf 6. I can buy an expensive car but that’s not important to me.”
Nomvethe went on to say, “I have played 2 World Cups and even played in Europe, but I am not a person that likes to talk about their achievements. I don’t even brag about playing for Kaizer Chiefs. That’s not me. I don’t even like talking about football. I do the talking on the field.”
The Premier Soccer League (PSL) all-time leading goal scorer was set to take up a role at AmaZulu as an ambassador and assist in the youth development and promote the club as a brand as stated by Usuthu’s team general manager Lunga Sokhela in 2019 but that didn’t happen.
“When you are sitting at home you end up thinking too much. When Uthongathi wanted me, I even said let’s wait guys because I am waiting for a job at AmaZulu, but it didn’t come,” concluded the former Udinese and Orlando Pirates forward.
By FARPost Reporter