Shabba not ready to hang up boots

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Former Bafana Bafana star Siphiwe Tshabalala is refusing to call time on his football career despite being at the advanced age of 37-years-old.

Tshabalala spent the past season without a team after parting ways with AmaZulu FC during the 2022/21 season where he made just two appearances under head coach Benni McCarthy.

'Shabba' revealed he has been spending his time giving back through his foundation since having returned to Johannesburg while searching for a new club.

The former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder will turn 38 in September but is still hopeful of furthering his playing career.

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"Not yet retired and hopefully, I will still continue playing," Tshabalala tells KickOff.

"I am running my foundation successfully so we have a relief program currently which focuses on assisting the KwaZulu-Natal flood victims.

"Then we also have a school shoe initiative where we provide school shoes to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds.

"We have been currently busy with those projects and it is doing well."

South Africa on Saturday celebrated the 12-year anniversary of the 2010 World Cup opening day which was marked by Tshabalala's iconic opening goal of the tournament.

"Personally, the goal I scored will remain one of the most important goals I've ever scored in my career.

"Simply because it made history in being the first goal on home soil, and the opening goal that set the tone for the World Cup.

"It was the goal that brought unity, the goal that made strangers celebrate and hug each other while being a goal that received recognition globally.

"The goal was even nominated for a Puskas Award so I am just grateful it was also a reward for my journey where I started.

"The reward came in a big way with the entire world watching."

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