After 11years serving Kaizer Chiefs, Siphiwe "Shabba" Tshabalala arguably deserves to be Chiefs' highest paid player. With his contract coming to an end, Amakhosi are preparing an improved contract.
Having served Kaizer Chiefs with distinction, experienced midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is set to extend his stay with the Naturena-based outfit.
Media reports reveal that the former Free State Stars left-footed player is close to sealing his contract with the Glamour Boys.
According to his agent, Jazzman Mahlakgane, the 33-year-old Bafana Bafana international will see off his current deal at the end of this term.
However, he is currently locked in talks with the club's hierarchy in an aim to extend his stay with the Soweto giants.
“His current deal will expire at the end of the season. We have spoken with Chiefs and he will stay at the club," Mahlakgane said to Independent Media.
"We are still discussing numbers and once we are done we will be able to sign.”
Having been a pillar of strength for Steve Komphela's men this season, 'Shabba' rose to prominence when he netted the first goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup on on homesoil against Mexico at the FNB Stadium.
Since making his switch from Ea Lla Koto back in 2007, Tshabalala has spent more than a decade at Chiefs and has lifted two Premier Soccer League trophies with Chiefs, three Telkom Knockout
Cup trophies as well as two MTN 8 Cup gold medals plus 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 added.
"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,” concluded the agent.
Coming to this season, Amakhosi are placed second on the log table with 34 points with nine matches to wrap up their campaign, and Shabba has provided more options in as far as Komphela's attacking options are concerned.
Challenging log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns, for the trophy is what the dreadlocked star will want and ensure they bring back the glory days at Naturena.
The Brazilians, meanwhile, have stuttered at home against Luc Eymael's side on Wednesday and Chiefs will want to capitalise on that as they face Bloemfontein Celtic at home this weekend.