Shabba plans to use Chiefs connection


Siphiwe Tshabalala is back in the PSL at a club nobody ever expected, but the Kaizer Chiefs connection at AmaZulu could help him achieve their mission.

Tshabalala, who is a bona fide Amakhosi legend who will forever be associated with the club, stunned the PSL fraternity when he was unveiled at AmaZulu, who have been fighting relegation for several seasons.

New Usuthu owner Sandile Zungu is trying to change the perception of the club and turn the team into winners, with the decorated Tshabalala a major part of that plan.

And 'Shabba' will have some help in the form of fellow ex-Amakhosi stars Lehlohonolo Majoro and Tsepo Masilela as the last time they all played together they won the league title in the 2012/13 season.

The 2010 World Cup icon says they all have one goal, to contribute to the future success of Usuthu and create great memories.

"The experience of Majoro and Tsepo will help the team, it brings great memories with this reunion and it's a new challenge for everyone, not only me," Tshabalala said at his unveiling.

"It's a new league the DStv Premiership, there's objectives for everyone, so I'm hoping to make great memories for the team."

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At 36 years of age, after a move to China was killed by the coronavirus pandemic in January, many speculated that Tshabalala would retire after spending more than a year without a club.

But the hardworking professional believes he still has a lot more football to play as long as his famous left foot still allows him.

"Not yet, it [retirement] didn't slip my mind. I had some offers abroad and I'm happy with the decision I made," he said.

"As long as I'm still happy as a footballer on the field, as long as I still wake up in the morning with a smile, then I will keep going. The day I wake up with back pain and a sad face, I will retire.

"But I'm still hungry. As long as I'm still on the field I won't lose the hunger in me, I won't lose the child in me, I will always give my best. I will always challenge myself as well.

"Now is [the time] to create memories with the team and hopefully good memories."

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