Shabba launches new business venture

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Kaizer Chiefs icon Siphiwe Tshabalala has embarked on his latest business venture by launching his own children's comic book titled 'Super Shabba'.

Tshabalala, 35, has been actively setting up his life after football and creating a legacy since returning from his stint abroad in Turkey with BB Erzurumspor.

While he recently opened up about his failed fish and chips business and warned footballers that what they achieve in their career will not be enough to sustain them for the rest of their lives, the former Bafana Bafana winger is leading by example.

Together, with his wife Bokang Montjane-Tshabalala, the duo invested into children's clothing and now penned his inspirational rise to superstardom in Africa - to inspire kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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The comic, which is about a child who grew up in Soweto and chased a dream of representing his country at a FIFA World Cup was written by the 2010 Miss South Africa and is available in Sesotho, isiZulu, Setswana & English. 

"If you look at it, this is a story about my journey and the FIFA World Cup. The story is meant to inspire the African child," Tshabalala told the South African Football Journalists' Association.

"It is about a superhero they can relate to an authentic story of someone they can bump into at the street corner or at the spaza shop.

"He is the same skin colour as them, comes from the same background as them. It is a story that says even if you had a poor upbringing it doesn't mean you can't make it in life."

Tshabalala added the reason behind launching the comic for kids between grade three and five is to preserve the history and identity of African stories and role-models as western society and mainstream media don't often relate to the struggles of South African kids.

"This book is one way of saying we are storytellers, we should tell our own stories and we should allow anyone to tell our story in our own way so that those that read it can understand it better, as they may be coming from the same circumstances," Tshabalala concluded.

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