Nomvethe a WISE CHOICE

SIYABONGA "Bhele" Nomvethe's return to Bafana Bafana has been described as a step in the right direction by soccer legend Mike Ntombela.

SIYABONGA "Bhele" Nomvethe's return to Bafana Bafana has been described as a step in the right direction by soccer legend Mike Ntombela.

"Bhele will definitely make an impact for Bafana Bafana up front and he brings something different into the game," Ntombela said.

"He is mobile with the ball and we will benefit a great deal from his pace and wealth of experience. I think the coach (Carlos Alberto Parreira) did a wonderful thing by recalling him."

If included in the final squad, the Moroka Swallows striker will make his second appearance in the World Cup finals after being part of Bafana during the 2002 tournament in Korea and Japan. He made history there by scoring Bafana's first-ever World Cup goal when the South Africans beat Slovenia.

Nomvethe started his professional career at the once-feared African Wanderers in 1997 where he scored 11 goals. He was drafted into the Under-23 national team. He was later part of the U-23 team under Ephraim Mashaba that went to Sydney in 2000 to become the first SA team to qualify for the Olympics. At Abaqulusi Nomvethe formed a deadly partnership with Sibusiso "Rhee" Zuma and Phumlani "BMX" Mkhize.

A successful stint at Kaizer Chiefs was followed by engagements at other local and overseas clubs.

He was recalled to Bafana after a three-year absence and marked his return by scoring in the 2-0 win against Jamaica in Germany last month.

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