"I still have the legs to play' - Former Kaizer Chiefs attacker Siphelele Mthembu determined to continue playing career

Siphelele Mthembu in action against his former club Kaizer Chiefs last season
Siphelele Mthembu in action against his former club Kaizer Chiefs last season
Sydney Mahlangu

Siphelele 'Shaka Zulu' Mthembu has disclosed his football career plans as he negotiates the twilight of a career that took him to Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.

Mthembu has been without a club for the longest period of his professional career that has stretched 15 years after his contract at AmaZulu was not renewed at the end of June.

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He spent two years at Usuthu and has had a career that besides playing for the two Soweto giants has also taken him to Cape Town City, Free State Stars, Platinum Stars, Golden Arrows, and Bloemfontein Celtic.

"You know me, I look at things differently because if I’m to look to take a football perspective then I will end up sounding like a cry baby," Mthembu tells KickOff.

"What is happening in the PSL is that there is a change and I’m from another era, so it means you must learn to wait to fill up the gap.

"For me, it feels like a test of my faith.

"However, what I know is that in no time I will be back in action.

"Throughout all my career, I have never been at home the way I have now, so I have taken this in a good light.

"I have been a player who has been in a lot of provinces in my career, so I feel it has been okay for me to be back home and get a bit of rest.

"I’m no longer at the age and energy I was when I started so I must now calculate my training session and how I maintain my body.

"I still have the legs to play and help some teams because I love football.

"I still want to enjoy football, maybe for another two years.

"For now, I still want to push and finish off this energy that I still have.

"I call it the last dance.

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"There was a chance I could have left to play out of the country, but it didn’t work out due to factors beyond my control.

"I’m a man of faith. I serve a living God and the Holy Spirit will never let me down.

"In football, they thought Shaka Zulu is finished but he rises again," details Mthembu.

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