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Two English Clubs Wanted Shabba

Throughout Siphiwe Tshabalala's football career, he was constantly linked with a move to clubs abroad.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa was the perfect stage for Shabba to impress scouts from all over the world, and after the tournament speculation intensified that he could have moved overseas. However, that was not the case.

In this week's edition of Soccer Laduma, Shabba explains which clubs he was close to joining after becoming the poster boy of South African football.

“Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forrest in England.  Both clubs wanted me but, when the deals were supposed to go through, things didn’t really work out. I don’t regret that, though, because I have done very well at Chiefs and the team has always been there for me. I am happy here,” Shabba said.

When asked if a smaller team from perhaps Belgium or Portugal would approach him with an offer right now, he said, "I can’t say yes or no. It would all depend on whether the team would fit my style of play. It’s not always about money, at times it’s if you will be happy at the team. But, as I said, anything is possible in football. I can’t write off the possibility."

Do you think Shabba can still make it abroad?


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