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Shabba: How Playing For Chiefs Helped Us In The World Cup

Former Kaizer Chiefs playmaker, Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala and others, got together to reflect on the memorable moments of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Click through the gallery to view some images of Bafana Bafana in the World Cup.

Today, June 11, marks the 10-year anniversary of the start of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which was hosted in Mzansi.

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Bafana kicked off the tournament in style with a thunderbolt goal from Tshabalala, which remains the most famous goal in the history of South African football.

At the time, Chiefs had Itumeleng Khune, Shabba and Reneilwe ‘Yeye’ Letsholonyane starting against Mexico, while Bernard Parker, who was on the books of FC Twente, came on as a substitute.

Speaking on Chiefs’ official website, the players opened up about how playing for Amakhosi at the time, contributing greatly to their time in the national team.

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“Playing for a team of Kaizer Chiefs’ calibre and playing in big games like the Soweto Derby helped us with the experience of representing our country at the FIFA World Cup and playing in front of such a passionate crowd. The expectations are always high when you play for Kaizer Chiefs. There is more pressure playing in a FIFA World Cup, but we represented the country in the best way we possibly could. We should have won the game against Mexico, we were the better team in the second half, but I hope the country was proud of our bravery and our commitment,” Shabba said.

“When you are part of a team like Kaizer Chiefs – even when you are playing in the national team – you protect each other, you look out for each other, you are brothers from the same family. And playing in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with teammates I share such a close bond with, was a beautiful feeling. What a time to be alive,” Yeye added. 

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