Siyabonga Nomvethe celebrates after scoring. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN - Fresh from his record breaking goal against Mamelodi Sundowns, AmaZulu veteran striker Siyabonga “Bhele” Nomvethe has targeted the scalp of Kaizer Chiefs in the last 16 of the Telkom Knockout.

Nomvethe, who will turn 40 in December, went into this past weekend's match against Mamelodi Sundowns as joint record holder of the most goals scored in the PSL-era, along with former Downs great Daniel Mudau, on 110 goals. But with being introduced after the interval, he broke that record with a crucial equaliser that helped guide the KwaZulu-Natal club to a 2-1 win.

“I’m delighted to get the record," Nomvethe said after the game. "I don’t pay too much attention to individual accolades ... As a striker I want to score goals. I’m not obsessed with records but it is nice to achieve them.

"My legs will tell me when to stop. I want to continue to score goals and contribute wherever I am. I’m happy that my goal against Sundowns played a part in our victory and I also want to help the team win against Chiefs."

When asked to describe his favourite goal during his record runs, said Nomvethe: “I don’t know which one is amongst my best goals.

"I have scored a lot of goals over the years. I think I will take videos of my previous games and watch them, then I can come up with my top five best goals. I never expected that I will go this far in my career ... What makes this record special it is the fact that I achieved it with a KZN team, my home side."

Nomvethe spent three years at Amakhosi before he moved to Europe and he knows that his club are facing a tricky encounter.

“The Chiefs game is going to be a very difficult encounter for us," he explained. "We must give them the respect they deserve. We can’t take it away (from them) ... they are a big team.

"They attract massive support wherever they play. It is going to be the same on Saturday but we have to do the job on the day because our supporters are also going to come out in their numbers. We want to win and they also have the same mission which will make it a good game to watch. We won’t underestimate Chiefs."

Chiefs are the most successful team in Telkom KO and have won it a record 13 times. Usuthu, meanwhile, haven’t won the cup since 1992 when they lifted the title as the Coca Cola Cup.

The first round clash will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday at 8.15pm.

The Star

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