Sibusiso Zuma

Sibusiso Zuma. Images via Twitter @LeboSedu1407, @_mashesha

King of Copenhagen: Where’s Bafana legend Sibusiso Zuma now?

Retired footballer Sibusiso ‘Rhee’ Zuma enjoys legendary status in Denmark for his illustrious career at FC Copenhagen. Where is he now?

Sibusiso Zuma

Sibusiso Zuma. Images via Twitter @LeboSedu1407, @_mashesha

Durban-born football legend Sibusiso Zuma is popularly know as “Rhee” in South Africa. However, in Denmark he is known as “Zuma the Puma” or the “King of Copenhagen” to others.


The 48-year-old, who played as a striker and a midfielder, started his professional football career in 1995 for Durban-based club, African Wanderers. From there, he joined Soweto giants Orlando Pirates for two seasons.

Locally he also played for Mamelodi Sundowns, joining the Pretoria-based side for the 2008/2009 season. He’s also played for another Pretoria-based club SuperSport and defunct club Vasco Da Gama.

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Zuma’s career was on an upward trajectory in the year 2000 when he signed with FC Copenhagen in Denmark where he spent the best five and a half seasons of his career.

In 2001, FC Copenhagen won its second Superliga championship after almost a ten-year drought. Zuma’s audacious bicycle kick, which he scored in the last match of the season, was voted the Danish goal of the year. He was also voted into the club’s hall of fame in the 2004/2005 season.

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His legendary bicycle kick goal was also voted the best Superliga goal of the decade in December 2009 and voted again as the greatest moment in the history of FC Copenhagen in 2013.

Since joining the Danish club, Zuma has enjoyed legendary status as the best player ever to play for the club. In 2013, his goal was immortalised with a statue at the Parken Stadium.

Whenever Rhee is invited by the club, he receives VIP treatment. This year, to celebrate FC Copenhagen’s league success for the 2022/23 season, he was honoured with an almost life-size artwork of him doing his famous bicycle kick.

Sibusiso Zuma monument in Copenhagen. Image via Twitter @@LeboSedu1407

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Apart from FC Copenhagen, Msholozi has also played for German club Arminia Bielefeld, which he joined after leaving the Danish club. After his spell at Sundowns, he went back to Denmark to join FC Nordsjælland.

He also represented South Africa, with 67 caps for Bafana Bafana. Some of his memorable moments were in the 2002 FIFA World Cup and captaining the national team at the 2006 African Cup of Nations tournament.

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After an illustrious career, Zuma retired in 2015. He later launched an initiative in the form of an U-17 Schools tournament called Rheeloaded Schools Cup. The tournament – named after his nickname “Rhee” – is played at provincial level and the overall winners get a chance to travel to Germany or Denmark to play against the U-17 teams of Armina Bielefeld or FC Copenhagen – he told SAFA in 2018.

Zuma’s nickname also gave birth to his clothing brand, Rheeloaded Sports. The logo he uses for his clothing line resembles the famous bicycle kick goal.

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Zuma in his Rheeloaded sports apparel. Image via Twitter @zuma_sibusiso

According to his LinkedIn he is also chairman of Sibusiso Zuma Foundation which works with young kids living with HIV. In addition, he is the director of Hadithi Holdings and owner of Sibusiso Zuma Legacy Holdings.