Shabba’s current deal with the Glamour Boys is set to expire at the end of the season
KAIZER Chiefs stalwart Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala is set to extend his stay with Amakhosi.
Shabba’s current deal with the Glamour Boys is set to expire at the end of the season.
Tshabalala’s agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, confirmed to Independent Media that the left-footer renowned for scoring the opening goal of the 2010 Fifa World Cup against Mexico at the FNB Stadium will stay right where he is.
“His current deal will expire at the end of the season. We have spoken with Chiefs and he will stay at the club,” the agent said.
“We are still discussing numbers and once we are done we will be able to sign. It can either be a one-year contract with an option (to renew) or a simple one year contract. That is what we are currently discussing at the moment.” The highly-decorated winger is Chiefs’ longest-serving player having been with the club since 2007, after joining them from Free State Stars, the Soweto-born player having previously been in the Chiefs development ranks.
Tshabalala – a veteran of the local game turns 34 on Heritage Day, September 24.
Apart from his vast international experience, he’s been capped 91 times at senior national team level, he has achieved just about all there is on the local front. In fact he has won the championship on two occasions with Amakhosi. On top of that he has also won three Telkom Knockout crowns, two MTN 8 trophies as well as the Nedbank Cup.
“He is definitely going to stay with Chiefs. He is still happy at Chiefs and they are also still happy with him,” Mahlakgane elaborated.
With Chiefs looking to finally win some silverware under the tutelage of Steve Komphela, Tshabalala’s experience will prove crucial in the final straight as Amakhosi attempt to rein in runaway leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. Komphela has already acknowledged the experienced midfielder’s importance even though he has been using him sparingly given his age.
The coach explained how great it is for Chiefs to have a player of Shabba’s football brains to call on, sometimes late in matches when the game situation requires more than just playing abilities.
With the coach under immense pressure to deliver a trophy or face the ignominy of not having his contract renewed when it comes to the end come June, the rest of the Chiefs players have pledged to try and rescue Komphela’s tenure.
Tshabalala said last week: “We love our coach and we are working for our coach. The truth is that we want him to stay because we believe he is the right coach, the only thing we need to do now is to win trophies.”