Siphiwe Tshabalala is now part of Bafana Bafana again after spending a few years on the sidelines. He scored South Africa’s first goal in the world cup here in South Africa in 2010. He was also sidelined at Kaizer Chiefs and fans were asking for him to be released as they said he was not good enough to play for the team especially when the team was not doing well.
Siphiwe Tshabalala is one of the few players who managed to stay for more than 6 years in one team and recently he just passed 10 years with Kaizer Chiefs as he arrived in 2007 and still playing in 2017 as one of the senior players for the Amakhosi.
The secret about his longer service at Chiefs is due to his down-to-earth nature and self-discipline that has been key to him clocking a decade with the Phefeni Boys. Siphiwe has contributed a lot in his 10 years with Chiefs and has scored a lot of goals including lifting number of trophies including league titles.
He has worked under a lot of different coaches at Chiefs and his style of play has not changed unlike many youngsters who claim to get confused each time a new coach is introduced to the team they play for. Some of the coaches are still coaching in the country while others have left for greener pastures and some have retired.
He has to work hard in his football career to find himself playing for more than 10 years in one of South Africa’s top teams. He was playing for Free State Stars before and then joined Chiefs after impressing the technical team and team management. Since then he has never looked back.
Tshabalala has never been called for any hearing at Chiefs and he has stayed that way since he arrived. He has also managed to guide a lot of youngsters in the team regarding discipline. He is one of the senior players whom youngsters look up to for guidance when they feel a bit confused.
He remembers joining the Amakhosi with a hidden knee injury and was facing the possibility of not being signed but the Amakhosi management signed him and worked on getting his injury to be healed. He thanked the management for believing in his services and he has served them with dignity for their support they have shown in him.
Shabba is one of the players who played for Bafana Bafana in the 2010 World Cup right here at home. He is in the books of records for scoring the first goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup which was won by Spain. He has made a name for himself in football and is proud of all his achievement in football.
He has represented Bafana Bafana 88 times and still looking forward to be part of the team that is playing qualifications for the 2018 World Cup which will be played in Russia. He has just returned for Kaizer Chiefs after a long time in the sidelines due to changes in the team.
He has played 316 games for Kaizer Chiefs with 29 Soweto Derbies under his belt and scored a total of 47 goals where he won 2 league titles and six separate trophies apart from the league meaning that in total he has won 8 trophies with Chiefs and still challenging for more as he is still part of the team.
The left footed player is not looking at the possibility of moving to another team but indicated that it would depend on the management and technical team if they are still happy about his contribution to the team.
Siphiwe played 15 minutes for Bafana Bafana against Senegal when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup which will be hosted by Russia.