The Kaizer Chiefs winger, who made the first XI against Cape Verde in the opening Africa Cup of Nations clash, was not involved in South Africa’s win over Angola and the riveting draw with Morocco.
Despite being a senior statesman in the Bafana set-up, ‘Shabba’ insists that the team’s results are more important than whether he is playing or not.
“I am part of a squad and I know that I will not always get to play. The team has been doing well and all the players must just behind the cause and give it our full support,” he says.
“It’s not about me, it’s about the team. It’s about us trying to win Afcon and uniting the nation through sport.”
Tshabalala says he will be ready if needed. If I get my chance, I will definitely take it.”
Siboniso Gaxa, who looks set for his first start in the tournament against Mali in the quarter-finals following Anele Ngcongca’s suspension, echoed Shabba’s thoughts.
“We’ve got a great squad here. When you get your chance, you take it. Otherwise you just give all your support to those who are playing.”