Zuma has one eye on World Cup

2009-10-18 12:25

SIBUSISO Zuma still harbours hopes of making the Bafana Bafana squad for the World Cup.

Mamelodi Sundowns’ most expensive acquisition last year, signed a short-term contract with Danish Superliga outfit FC Nordsjælland on Friday.

While he downplayed his Bafana ambitions as the main reason behind his move, he acknowledged his hunger to turn out for the national squad.

Zuma told the club website: “The World Cup at home is of course a big goal for me, but it’s not the main reason why I am here and want to play for Nordsjælland. I love challenges and first of all I am here to prove that I can do well for FCN and find my own top level again.”

The club’s media officer Christian Wolny said Zuma’s move happened by default as the 34-year-old was in town on ­holiday. “He was in Denmark to visit friends as he does a few times every year, but he couldn’t go without training since he needed to stay fit to get a contract somewhere,” Wolny told City Press.

“Our coach (Morten Wieghorst) used to play against Zuma as captain for Brondby (arch-rivals of Zuma’s former club FC Copenhagen). So Zuma trained here for more than two weeks and looked sharper day by day.”

“Rhee” as Zuma is popularly known, said he was excited to be back in the country where he was elevated to cult hero-status during his five-year spell at FC Copenhagen, Denmark’s biggest club.

“I’m very happy to be back in Danish football to play at the highest level. Nordsjælland has showed me that the club is very ambitious and I will do everything to reach the level I was at the last time I played in Denmark.”

Wieghorst was equally excited with his acquisition. “I’m very happy that we succeeded in bringing Zuma to FC Nordsjælland because through the training sessions he proved that he has the qualities we can use here.

“He is a skilful offensive player, who knows how to set up and include his team-mates through his own game. That’s why I have already included him in the squad for Saturday’s (yesterday’s) game against log leaders Odense Boldklub,” Wieghorst told the website.

Zuma was dumped by Sundowns about two months ago.


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