Siphiwe Tshabalala tops PSL starts list for single club, which includes Khune, Letsholonyane, Masehe, Tignyemb, Manyisa and Jele
Posted: 21 October 2016 Time: 17:00
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala now headlines the elite list of players still active in the PSL to have surpassed 200 starts for one club.
In a league crying out for consistency and dependable stars, Tshabalala, who now has 258 starts in all competitions for Chiefs since arriving from Free State Stars in January 2007, proudly stands as the man with the most starts for one club of all players still active with a PSL club at the moment.
Shabba also has a further 46 substitute appearances to his name during his spell at the Naturena-based side, which will clock up to a decade at the beginning of January next year.
The 32-year-old is now the oldest player at the club, following the departures of Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Siboniso Gaxa, and also holds the record for the most appearances in the Soweto Derby – having played 27 consecutive times in the country’s flagship fixture.
Through that long unbroken run of games played in this blockbuster contest, Tshabalala has only come off the bench in just one of those games.
However, what carries weight is the fact that his time at Chiefs has earned him two league titles, three Telkom Knockout Cups, two MTN8 trophies and a Nedbank Cup winners medal.
His journey with Bafana Bafana is also very well documented, having collected 88 caps, which makes him the second-most capped player ever.
Fellow teammate Itumeleng Khune is not far behind hime, though, having started 249 games for Chiefs including all the games that Amakhosi have played this season.
Orlando Pirates have long-serving duo Happy Jele (241 starts) and Oupa Manyisa (210 starts) also in this high-ranking group of players to have gone over 200 starts for a solitary club.
Meanwhile, Bloemfontein Celtic's Patrick Tignyemb has tallied up 238 starts, having been a regular since arriving at Siwelele back in 2008.
Also on that list of the 200-plus men is Free State Stars’ reliable hardman Paulus ‘The Horse’ Masehe, who has 212 starts to his name at Ea Lla Koto since deciding to return from Gauteng, where he didn’t have the best of times at Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates.
Veteran midfielder 'Yeye', who started 218 games during his eight years at Chiefs before switching to SuperSport United in June, also makes the list as one the players still active in the domestic top flight.
(*Note: Number of club starts include all competitive matches, and not friendlies)
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