Revelations on Kaizer Chiefs new signing Siyethemba Sithebe

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Sithebe completed a blockbuster move to Chiefs after turning down AmaZulu’s renewal offer earlier this year.

As Sithebe works his way through pre-season with Amakhosi, KickOff provides a fascinating insight into the 29-year-old's football career to date.

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The dreadlocked footballer’s ID document carries the full name Siyethemba Simphiwe Victor Sithebe who is the first-born child of his mother.

However, at home, he is still referred to as Mfundo which is the name that he used before his birth certificate was issued in Grade 4.

Four years ago, he had to change his surname from Mnguni to Sithebe for cultural reasons.

Mnguni is the surname of his father, who didn’t raise him, while Sithebe is his mother’s surname.

Younger brother Njabulo Siphephela Sithebe once played for Mbombela United.

Sithebe lasted three months at Eshowe FET College (uMfolozi TVET College) doing Electrical Engineering after completing his matric certificate at St Louis Bertrams High School but later quit to attend trials in Cape Town.

Though he has now been snapped up by Chiefs, Sithebe remarkably had unsuccessful trials at Cape Town All Stars, Free State Stars, Baroka and Witbank Spurs before being ultimately being signed by Mbombela United in 2013.

"At Free State Stars they kept me training with the team for way too long without giving me any feedback. At Baroka their coach Sello Chokoe turned me down telling me that they have too many midfielders," Sithebe reveals.

Sithebe’s first salary in the game was R700 at lower division club Amajuba United in 2010, while he was completing Grade 11.

Regarding his hair, he confirmed to have dreadlocks for cultural reasons.

"I am not allowed to cut my hair because if I do, I always start having problems. At times I would faint after cutting my hair, so I have since been advised to grow my hair," explains Sithebe, who grew up attending the ZION church.