SA veteran signs for VascoDa Gama

2010-07-30 00:00

FORMER Bafana Bafana forward Sibusiso Zuma has signed for newly-promoted Premier Soccer League team Vasco Da Gama, according to a report.

Zuma last played in South Africa for Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2008/09 season in an expensive deal, though was fielded just 12 times and scored one goal.

He returned to Denmark, where he was once the winner of the country’s player of the year award, for the 2009/10 season to be on the books of Superliga club FC Nordsjaelland.

The Hammarsdale-raised player also held trials in Australia this month with Newcastle Jets.

Zuma (35) spent the past week in Cape Town training with Vasco, who have decided to sign the veteran forward, according to a report on KickOff.com yesterday.

Vasco team manager Kenny Gertse told the website: “We have signed Zuma and his experience will definitely be positive for the rest of the team. His attitude and work rate in training have been awesome and we are excited about his acquisition.”

Zuma notched 68 caps and scored 13 goals for Bafana, earning his last international cap in 2008.

The former African Wanderers and Orlando Pirates winger-cum-striker played for FC Copenhagen for five years, winning the Danish player of the season award in 2000/01.

While Zuma’s performances for Sundowns last season were below par, his return to Denmark was more successful as it saw the forward help Nordsjaelland win the Danish Cup, the South African coming on in the 60th minute of his side’s 2-0 final win against FC Midtjylland.

Meanwhile, Sapa reports that Bafana defender Siboniso Gaxa is still no closer to realising his dream of playing in Europe.

The Sundowns right-back was hoping for an overseas transfer, having featured in all three of Bafana’s World Cup matches. But the hard-tackling defender appears to have hit a brick wall with the Sundowns management.

Gaxa’s agent, Glyn Binkin, yesterday said the player has become frustrated: “Sundowns are proving to be difficult.

“They say they will not stand in the player’s way, but are refusing to put a price on his transfer. How can anyone buy or sell a player if there is no price to negotiate with?”

Binkin said there are a number of European clubs interested in signing Gaxa. He said a problem is that there are plenty of free agents and players with European passports looking for clubs, which makes placing a South African more difficult.

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