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Syabonga Nomvethe
Syabonga Nomvethe
Syabonga Nomvethe
Date of Birth:Dec 2, 1977 (Age 38)
Place of Birth:Kwa Mashu
Nationality:South Africa
Height:178 cm.
Weight:73 Kg.
Position:Striker
Squad Number:10
South Africa, World Cup 2010 (Goal.com/Abolfazl Amanollah)

 
"Bhele", as he is popularly known in South African football circles has played in several European leagues, and he recently moved from  Danish giants Aalborg to join Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League. Nomvethe has represented Bafana Bafana since 1999, and he took part in the 2002 FIFA World Cup. 

Born in the township of KwaMashu north of Durban, the striker kick-started his career with lower league club Durban Cosmos in 1994, from which he moved to Claremont Blizzards. When Claremont Blizzards folded the following year, Nomvethe moved to African Wanderers in the second best South African league. 

He helped the club secure promotion and Nomvethe made his first appearances in the Premier Soccer League, playing alongside another future Bafana striker, Sibusiso Zuma. He then joined Kaizer Chiefs in July 1998 and 42 goals in 79 games for the Soweto giants. 

This prompted him to sign with Italian club Udinese Calcio before being loaned out to smaller Italian clubs Salernitana Calcio and Empoli F.C. This then led to a move to Djurgårdens IF in Sweden, before returning to South Africa recently. His finishing is good, and he is one of the most experienced players in the side. Carlos Alberto Parreira will be relying on his experience to help the group as a whole. 

Did You Know: Nomvete has played for the country's three oldest clubs Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Moroka Swallows, all of which hail from Soweto.