A legend of South African football has finally hung up his boots. Today Dr. Irvin Khoza sadly announced the premature retirement of Orlando Pirates stalwarts, Siyabonga Sangweni.
The defender was not only a star in the Bucs camp but with the senior national team as well. The tough defender last played in the CAF Confederations Cup final in Tunisia late last year. The magnitude of his last match sums up just how big of a player and leader he was for the team.
On many occasions, the KZN born defender stood firm in defence for his beloved club and country. Sangweni had a habit for scoring vital goals as well. The former Bafana Bafana star definitely did his family and country proud. Sangweni’s name deserves to be mentioned among legends such as Jomo Sono, Kaizer Motaung and Lucky Lekgwathi.
Throughout his career, the humble star has shown leadership, professionalism, and discipline secondary to none. “Siyabonga Sangweni has been a stalwart for this club and has been a great leader. He has shown great commitment” – said Dr. Irvin Khoza In a country where we have a habit of celebrating our best sports talent once they’re gone. With PSL clubs still hiding away from hosting testimonial matches for their legends, the least that can be done is say thank you to Sangweni.
So on behalf of every South African fan, Siyabonga for that goal you scored for Bafana Bafana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Siyabonga for playing your heart out, Siyabonga for your discipline, Siyabonga for putting your body on the line. Mr Sangweni, enjoy your retirement.
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.