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Shabba's Favourite Targets

Siphiwe Tshabalala seems to be in some of the most creative form of his career for Kaizer Chiefs this season. To date, 'Shabba' has tallied an impressive 14 assists in all competitions. 

His whipped-in left-footed delivery appears to be one of the stand-out features of Chiefs' seemingly well-rehearsed set-piece routines. 

The Glamour Boys certainly seem to be putting in the work on the training ground when it comes to corners and free-kicks - Chiefs lead the PSL when it comes to creating and scoring chances from dead ball situations.

Of 'Shabba's' 14 assists, six have come directly from set-piece situations. Coach, Stuart Baxter, often asks the likes of Eric Mathoho and Tefu Mashamaite to go up for corner kicks - this gives the Soweto-born star some big targets to aim for in the box.

These players seem to make well-orchestrated runs to the near and far post at times, which gives "Ntho Tse Monate" a good idea where they will be when he hits a ball in with accuracy.

A look at 'Shabba's' favourite targets when it comes to set-piece situations at Chiefs is that the towering Eric Mathoho is often the benefactor of the attacking midfielder's delivery.

Of 'Tower's' four goals this season, Tshabalala has provided three assists. This suggests the pair have a good understanding when it comes to set-piece routines.

Siyabonga Nkosi and Willard Katsande have also both scored a goal from Shabba's deliveries. When it comes to open play, the 29-year-old has also created goals for Bernard Parker (one strike) and Knowledge Musona (three strikes) as well.

In summary, the Soweto-born star's service appears to play a big part in Chiefs' plans of defending their PSL title this season. However, with the league race far from being over, it seems the player will undoubtedly have to continue delivering in the final weeks of the campaign.

The Amakhosi take on Black Aces in their next crucial clash in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday (April 9).

Action gets underway from 19h30 at FNB Stadium.   

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