Register Login Scores

PSL

Shabba: I Wanted To Retire At Chiefs But…

When he returned from Europe there was expectation from fans that Siphiwe Tshabalala would rekindle his love affair with Kaizer Chiefs, a club where he spent 12 glorious years. Now with AmaZulu, Shabba has opened up on his failed Chiefs reunion.

Read: Figo Rubs Salt In Chiefs’ Wounds

There was an air of excitement last month when Tshabalala was unveiled as a marquee signing under the leadership of new AmaZulu owner Sandile Zungu.

It has been almost two years since the Chiefs legend realised his dream of playing abroad when he left Mzansi shores to ply his trade in Turkey for BB Erzurumspor.

After one season abroad, contractual issues saw him return to his country of birth, and speaking to Soccer Laduma edition 1199, the 36-year-old opened up on why his return was not to Naturena. He also opens up on his ambitions with a new-look Usuthu.

Yes, I wanted to. When I left, I said I would love to come back and end my career there, but unfortunately, it was not the case. I had to make peace with a lot of things and be in a position where I am happy and I am grateful. The setbacks should not be greater than the achievements and great career.

“I am grateful and the opportunity I have now is a big one, to play for Usuthu. This team is going to change. It’s growing and this team, in future, is going to be amongst the best in the country and I want to be part of that project from the beginning. I joined Usuthu because I wanted to, not because I had to. There’s a difference. I was not under pressure. It’s a decision that came from a good place. It’s a case of here’s this opportunity, let me go and take it.

Read: How Pitso Could Make It Two Trebles In One Year

Shabba maintains that there is no bad blood with him and Chiefs despite a possible deal not working out.

“In the beginning, there were talks. Jazzman (Mahlakgane, Shabba’s agent) did reach out at some point and then, after that, there was the ban as well. It also played a huge factor.

“But there’s no bad blood, we are good. I have a good relationship with 'Bobsteak' (Bobby Motaung) and Kaizer (Motaung) Jnr. There’s no bad blood,” Shabba added.

Shabba also discusses:

  • When fans can expect to see him play
  • How COVID-19 ruined his moves abroad
  • Facing Kaizer Chiefs in future

Grab your latest copy of Soccer Laduma, in stores now!

Click through the gallery to see the signings AmaZulu have made this season: 

Fresh Shabba Update As Usuthu Search For First Win…

Will Memela, Mulenga, Shabba & Co Help Minimise Pirates’ Domin...

Usuthu v Bucs: Shabba, Memela Lead AmaZulu's 34-Man Squad

20 comments

Top 5

Gallery: Shocking State Of SA's Iconic Stadiums

25 Feb 23, 2021 12:00 PM in PSL

12 Active Footballers Who Have Degrees

5 Feb 19, 2021 08:31 PM in World News

Baxter: Why I Am Back In SA

107 Feb 22, 2021 11:56 AM in PSL

The 10 Richest Clubs In The World Revealed

74 Jan 26, 2021 07:17 PM in World News

Benni Vs Nldovu – The Multi-Million Rand Car Garage Battle

5 Feb 22, 2021 02:26 PM in Stars & Their Cars

Ronaldo Drops R3k Nike Air Force 1 Range

7 Feb 22, 2021 11:40 AM in Drip, Style & Swag

Hunt Singles Out 'Fantastic' Chiefs Star

70 Feb 20, 2021 07:58 PM in Kaizer Chiefs

Gallery: Shocking State Of SA's Iconic Stadiums

25 Feb 23, 2021 12:00 PM in PSL

Baxter: Why I Am Back In SA

107 Feb 22, 2021 11:56 AM in PSL

Source: The Debt Runs Into Millions

4 Feb 23, 2021 10:00 AM in PSL

The Highest-Paid African Stars In The EPL

18 Feb 02, 2021 07:14 PM in English Premier League

Agent Provides Latest On Zwane’s Downs Future

10 Feb 23, 2021 02:57 PM in Mamelodi Sundowns

12 Players Who Went Bankrupt

23 Dec 07, 2020 12:34 PM in World News

Pitso Singles Out Ex-Downs Star Ahead Of Simba Clash

16 Feb 23, 2021 01:58 PM in Players Abroad