Shabba: I think that it's God's time
Posted: 28 August 2018 Time: 15:00
Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has reflected on his Kaizer Chiefs departure, as he welcomes his long-awaited move to Europe.
Tshabalala has brought an end to nearly 12 years as a 'Khosi, bidding farewell to the Soweto giants upon his opportunity to join Turkish premier league side Erzurumspor.
The 33-year-old, who famously scored the historic first FIFA World Cup goal on African soil for Bafana in 2010, has finally realised his dream of moving abroad.
Reflecting on his new venture, 'Shabba' welcomed the challenge despite the delayed timing thereof.
“I've always wanted to play overseas, in particular in Europe, and I have never been shy to talk about that," Tshabalala told Chiefs' website.
"It should have happened a long time ago, but I think that it’s God’s time. I am grateful that God is giving me this huge opportunity to showcase my talent in Europe."
Since joining from Free State Stars in January 2007, the veteran winger hold a special affection for The Glamour Boys, with whom he celebrated eight titles during his stay, and hopes to return to the club before hanging up his boots.
“Kaizer Chiefs means a lot to me. Chiefs Village will always be my home and the club will be forever in my heart," he proclaimed.
"It’s my dream to play my last game as a professional player for Kaizer Chiefs before my retirement.
“I also want to thank the supporters for their Love & Peace. It has been a great ride for almost 12 years. There have been highs, there have been lows, however, I have enjoyed every minute of it.”