Shabba hanging by skin of his teeth


Veteran midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala’s future at AmaZulu is already written on the wall as he is expected to depart upon the end of this season.

Tshabalala hasn’t had it his way at AmaZulu, who he joined last October after spending over a year without a club after his return from a season long spell in Turkey.

The 36-year-old has totalled just 65 minutes in the two appearances that he has made at AmaZulu since arriving in Durban last year.

His first was a seven-minute run against Golden Arrows in Benni McCarthy’s game in charge in December and he was then handed a start against Black Leopards in the Nedbank Cup at the end of February but couldn’t last an hour.

He has sat on the bench just once since then.

Of the games that have been played since he joined the club, he hasn’t been in the match day squad on 22 occasions and has been an unused substitute in four games demonstrating just how little his match day presence has been.

With AmaZulu cruising this term under Benni McCarthy it has meant the former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder has become forgotten.

Information coming in from sources suggests that Tshabalala will not be continuing as a player at the club into the new season.

What his plans are past this season remain unclear at this stage. 

He has battled to reach prime physical condition through all the months that he has been with Usuthu, which meant his chances of game time have gotten slimmer with every passing week.

The good form of Amigo Memela has meant Shabba has become a forgotten man with nothing to remember about what he has done on the field for the club.

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