PSL old guard steals the headlines

In Usuthu’s stunning win over Mamelodi Sundowns, evergreen AmaZulu striker Siyabonga Nomvethe proved that he still has what it takes

Veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe cemented his place as the PSL’s all-time leading scorer when he helped AmaZulu come back from a goal down to upset Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at a sodden Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on Saturday.

The well-travelled forward netted his 120th goal in the South African top flight 10 minutes from time, five minutes after coming on as a substitute. It was an incredible moment for the 39-year-old, who has also turned out for Udinese‚ Salernitana and FC Empoli in Italy‚ Djurgardens IF in Sweden and Aalborg BK in Denmark‚ as well as Soweto giants Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in a storied career that has spanned almost 20 seasons.

In an interview with TimesLive, Nomvethe said dedication‚ passion for the Beautiful Game, family stability and living a good lifestyle were behind his incredible staying power. He added that he hoped to be an inspiration to a new generation of footballers and had no intention of calling it quits just yet.

“Age is just a number. I am just making sure that I use the opportunity that I have to inspire others. There are youngsters that I have seen who can play for Bafana Bafana‚ for the junior national teams or even go to Europe, but they waste their talents because of doing things that are not right,” he told TimesLive.

It was a good weekend for the league’s veteran brigade, with Nomvethe’s strike partner Mabhuti Khenyeza (35) scoring the winner against Sundowns, to move within one goal of second-placed Downs legend Daniel Mudau on the all-time scoring list with 107 PSL strikes.

The 35-year-old Katlego Mashego was also in good form for Chippa United, coming on to deliver the goods for Tebeho Moloi’s charges as they beat Cape Town City 2-1 at the Siza Dukashe Stadium on Sunday. 

Do you think Nomvethe should get another chance in the Bafana jersey?