Siyabonga Nomvethe

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Siyabonga Nomvethe
Personal information
Full name Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe[1]
Date of birth (1977-12-02) 2 December 1977 (age 36)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current club Moroka Swallows
Number 10
Youth career
Durban Cosmos
Claremont Blizzards
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–1998 African Wanderers 28 (11)
1998–2001 Kaizer Chiefs 79 (42)
2001–2005 Udinese 19 (0)
2004 Salernitana (loan) 17 (2)
2004–2005 Empoli (loan) 10 (0)
2005 Djurgården (loan) 5 (1)
2006 Orlando Pirates 14 (4)
2006–2009 AaB 68 (13)
2009– Moroka Swallows 74 (35)
National team
1999– South Africa 81 (16)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 June 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17 June 2012

Siyabonga Eugene Nomvethe (born 2 December 1977) is a South African soccer player who has played in several European leagues, and now represents Moroka Swallows in the Premier Soccer League. Nomvethe has represented the Bafana Bafana (South Africa national football team) since 6 May 1999, and he played in the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.

Biography[edit]

Nomvethe was born in the township of KwaMashu north of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. He started playing as a striker for the Durban-based lower league club Durban Cosmos in 1994,[2] 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 later Bafana Bafana striker Sibusiso Zuma. In July 1998, he moved on to become a part of the striking force of Kaizer Chiefs. Following 42 goals in 79 games for Kaizer Chiefs, Nomvethe moved abroad in 2001. He was then already touted as a coming star for the Bafana Bafana.[3]

He signed with Italian club Udinese Calcio of the Serie A. In 2002 he was selected to play for South Africa at the 2002 FIFA World Cup. He made his presence clear when scoring the winning goal of the 1–0 win against Slovenia.[4] Following two unsuccessful years at Udinese, Nomvethe was loaned out to smaller Italian clubs Salernitana Calcio and Empoli F.C. from January 2004 to June 2005. He was subsequently loaned out for six months to Djurgårdens IF in Sweden, before he permanently left Udinese in December 2005. He moved back to South Africa, signing on for Orlando Pirates.[5]

In July 2006, he once again moved abroad, this time to play for Aalborg Boldspilklub (AaB) in the Danish Superliga. He stayed with AaB for three years, won the Danish Superliga 2007-08 championship with the club, and scored a goal in the penalty shoot-out as AaB was eliminated by Manchester City in the UEFA Cup 2008-09 round of 16.[6] In 2009, Nomvethe moved back to South Africa to join Moroka Swallows, rivals of the two soweto giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates he represented during his domestic career.

Nomvethe is a practising Hindu, having converted in 2007.

International[edit]

Nomvethe received his first cap in 1999, becoming a first team player from 2001–2007. He played in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and scored the game's only goal against Slovenia. He also participated at the 2005 Gold Cup & 2006 African Cup of Nations until he lost his place on the national team, and he was not picked for either the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations nor the 2009 Confederations Cup under Joel Santana in South Africa.

But in April 2010, he was called up by Carlos Alberto Parreira for the friendly matches against Korea DPR and Jamaica. Nomvethe scored South Africa's second in a 2–0 victory over Jamaica, with what was his first international goal in three. He was selected for South Africa's squad for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and came off the bench as a substitute to play against France in South Africa's third and last game at the tournament.[7]

He has currently scored 16 goals for South Africa.

International goals[edit]

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