Shabba Amongst Top Danger Zone Creators
Where Siphiwe Tshabalala Dominated Last Season
Kaizer Chiefs’ Siphiwe Tshabalala’s brilliance this season is reflected in his statistics in terms of the work that he does in the danger zone.
Shabba, as he is affectionately known in football circles, created the fifth most danger zone shot assists per 90 minutes in the 2016/17 season. The danger zone is the central area inside the box in front of goal and it is where the majority of goals are scored.
The 32-year-old recorded just two assists in the league last season, but that figure is perhaps not a true reflection on the creative impetus that he possesses and put on display throughout the season, which earned him the Player of the Year title at the Glamour Boys’ end of season award.
In fact, the dreadlocked maestro assisted 1.39 shots per 90 minutes over the course of the season, which indicates that it was more a case of his teammates failing to put the finishing touches on his plethora of attacking movements.
Joining Tshabalala in the top five of the leaderboard for the category are Thabo Mosadi (1.54), Aubrey Ngoma (1.55), Thuso Phala (1.6) and Elias Pelembe (1.73). The former Free State Stars midfielder can also boast the eighth-best shot assists per 90 minutes tally, with 2.33 shot assists per 90 minutes.
Do you think Tshabalala deserves more credit for his creative influence in the Kaizer Chiefs team last season?