Zuma, who had a successful stint in Europe after leaving Pirates for the Danish team in 1999, encouraged young South African footballers to take the leap and play abroad. He became a part of Danish football history with a remarkable bicycle kick for FC Copenhagen in June 2001, which helped secure a win and a league title.

The goal was later recognized as the Danish Goal of the Year in 2001 and the best Superliga Goal of the Decade in December 2009. Zuma also received a statue for his achievements and cult following during his five years at FC Copenhagen.

Upon arrival in Copenhagen, Zuma felt the pressure to win the championship, as the team hadn’t achieved this in ten years. He highlighted the intense pressure and responsibility of winning as a team and the impact it had on the city.

In discussing Danish-based wing-back, Gift Links, Zuma expressed his belief that it was a mistake for Bafana Bafana selectors not to include him in the squad. Drawing from his own experience, Zuma emphasized the benefits of learning from a higher standard of play and expressed confidence in Links’ potential contribution to the national team.

Reflecting on his own career, Zuma stressed the importance of South African players gaining experience in European leagues. He highlighted the impact of playing in Denmark on his performance for Bafana Bafana, as well as the subsequent improvement when he moved to the Bundesliga.

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