One of the forgotten sons of South African football, Nomvete has emerged from obscurity to claim a place in Carlos Alberto Parreira’s chosen troops that will carry the host nation’s pride going into the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. Written off in many quarters, the journeyman striker’s impressive form for his South African club, Moroka Swallows prompted a last-minute change of heart for the technical staff. Amid South Africa’s scoring problems, Nomvete’s inclusion in the team is a gamble to add a spark up front.
The quicksilver forward started his career with Durban side, African Wanderers. It was, however, his move to South Africa’s Glamour Boys, Kaizer Chiefs, that brought him acclaim. He has played for a number of clubs since, including Italian sides, Udinese, Empoli, Salernitana Calcio, Swedish side Djurgarden and Danish club Aalborg. Nomvethe is one of the few players to have played for both Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates – the country’s top two Soweto clubs, whose arch-rivalry has been well documented. He made his debut for South Africa in 1999 and was part of South Africa’s squad that participated at the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan where he scored the only goal in South Africa’s maiden victory at the FIFA World Cup finals - when Bafana beat Slovenia 1-0.