Siphiwe Tshabalala has always been the ‘go-to-guy’ for Kaizer Chiefs because of his inspirational presence, on and off the pitch.
However with more star players at the club, he now shares those responsibilities. Players like Bernard Parker and Willard Katsande have been playing well, adding stability up front and in the midfield respectively.
The shine has sort of been taken off of Shabba, but has that in effect then convinced him to be less impressing or inspirational? We know he carries Chiefs on his shoulders and is very proud of his team, but he has not been the Shabba of old - the one we saw just after the 2010 World Cup.
That Shabba always had a broad smile and shine in his eyes. Is Shabba just tired, is it the continual pressure at Chiefs or has he become complacent?