Amakhosi ended the 2015/16 campaign without any silverware, which meant they relinquished the Absa Premiership and MTN8 titles they had lifted the season before.
And, while this term sees Chiefs again chasing trophies, they have only the league and Nedbank Cup crowns still available to fight for, and Tshabalala admits things may start getting a bit more desperate in Naturena before the end of this season.
“It will obviously be a big blow for us if we finish the season without silverware because we suffered the same fate in the previous season,” he acknowledges ahead of Saturday's titanic clash against Premiership title rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.
“I think we are not desperate but we want to win something for us, the supporters and the club as well. We have a responsibility to do that but when one is under pressure you cannot expect positive results out of it so we just need to remain level headed and focused and just go one game at a time. We are still in it in the league and we have a chance in the Nedbank Cup as well,” he argues.
What is not up for debate, though, is the fact that on Saturday the Glamour Boys face Sundowns with three priceless points on the line, with Chiefs one spot and two points above the Brazilians, who have four games in hand.
“Saturday’s game will be big in the sense that both teams want to win the league and both are big teams. But one has to acknowledge the fact that Sundowns has represented us well in Africa and they are a good team," continues Shabba.
"They are a team that wants to play and we are also a team that wants to play so I am anticipating a great game of football and for us I think it is another hurdle that we have to overcome and we have to remain focused, do the business and the good results will enhance our chances of being at the top with other contenders."