Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala still harbours Bafana Bafana ambitions
Posted: 9 February 2017 Time: 10:19
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has revealed he still carries ambitions of pulling on the Bafana Bafana jersey, despite a three-year absence.
The 32-year-old last featured for the senior national team at the disastrous CHAN tournament at the beginning of 2014, when Bafana finish third in their group – behind Mali and Nigeria – on home soil.
Under recently sacked head coach Shakes Mashaba, the veteran midfielder failed to make a comeback as he sits just 12 caps short of reaching the 100 milestone, however, he is still optimistic of a return to the fold.
“I’d still love to play for the national team. I’ve enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and I’m not going to put any pressure,” ‘Shabba’ told reporters at his club’s training base on Wednesday.
“I just want to keep working hard for my team and, if that opportunity comes then I’ll definitely grab it with both my hands, but no pressure.”
Tshabalala has seen his role within the Chiefs setup shift from out-and-out winger to somewhat of a creative central midfielder in recent seasons, and admitted that his game has altered somewhat due to his age and experience.
“I think football nowadays is not only about talent, it’s about brains and hard-working as well, and that completes a player,” he added.
“[Against Free State Stars] I played as an attacking midfielder and I was switched to the left-hand side as well. I dropped deep to manage the game, and I’m happy that I can play more than three or four positions.
“It’s about timing; it’s about experience as to how to manage the game, when to run with the ball, when to slow down, and when to use your speed as well."