Nomvete still to assess options

Siyabonga Nomvete’s agent Mike Makaab says they are yet to discuss the striker’s plans for next season.

Nomvete, 37, is contracted to Moroka Swallows until the end of the campaign, and Makaab says they will evaluate his options in due course.The former Udinese forward has provided two assists in nine appearances in 2014/15.”Not yet, with a player like ‘Bhele’, at his age, one doesn’t want to do that early,” Makaab says.”You want to make sure that towards the end of the season the player himself wants to continue playing. You want to make sure that he is injury-free, you want to make sure his form is good and only then you can give him the right sort of advice.”Makaab feels Nomvete’s healthy lifestyle continues to serve him well.

“Why must he retire? He is getting younger every year,” he chuckles.

“Bhele is phenomenon. He started his career at a young age and I was very blessed enough to represent him at 19 or 20-years-old. I have seen him grow from a young kid at African Wanderers to one of the icons of South African football and what a wonderful role model to the youngsters, an unbelievable role model. Clean living, professional, family man, just an amazing character.”

Nomvete, who earned 82 Bafana Bafana caps, has seen less game-time of late, but Makaab feels he still has plenty to offer South African football.

“I don’t think there is any injury, I think it has been team selection,” he says.

“One has to respect the coach’s own opinion so I still think he has a lot to offer in the game, and I think also he has a lot to offer to the youngsters who are coming through that he plays next to. The most important thing is that with this player [not getting any younger], you [as a coach] have to manage them carefully.

“At times you have to take the intensity of training away from them. You have to use them intelligently over the season, you have to use them where you believe they will add really value so I think in the case of Bhele, his lifestyle is clean.

“We saw [John] ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu continuing playing even in the early ages of 40s and I think we just have to take one step at a time with Bhele.”

Meanwhile, Makaab doubts Nomvete will go into coaching when he eventually calls time on his career.

“I don’t think so, I don’t think so he will go to coaching because he’s a different type of person,” he says.

“He’s already started to prepare himself for life after football and we have helped him in whatever we can in terms of setting up a little business and he is fine.”

– Robin-Duke Madlala

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