Shabba provides day to remember


The Absa Man of the Match headed straight back to Soweto to host a team of young soccer stars from the amateur side he played for as a boy, Phiri Movers, in ‘Shabba Day’.
Shabba Day, an initiative by the Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation and Red Bull, aimed to expose young footballers to Shabba’s world and share with them how he keeps fit, both mentally and physically, as well as manages his obligations to his teams and sponsors as a professional footballer.
“It was great to have the guys from Phiri Movers FC here today. I really wanted them to understand what it takes to be a professional footballer – how much dedication and commitment it takes. I was given opportunities as a boy and I wanted these boys to be able to experience that.”
The day kicked off with the youngsters getting an opportunity to enjoy a guided tour of Soccer City and were surprised by the man himself as he waxed lyrically about scoring the first goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The boys clung onto his every word, most in awe to be with their hero.

The group then headed to the Nike Football Training Facility where Shabba handed out impressive new kit including shirts, shorts, socks, bags, boots and trainers. He then took the boys through various football drills and exercises.
“It was great to give back to my old team and see the new talent coming through.”
The Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation aims to empower the youth through sport and education, while finding them opportunities in sport or universities.