JOHANNESBURG, August 29 – Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday confirmed that Siphiwe Tshabalala will Turkish Super Lig side BB Erzurumspor.
‘Shabba’, as the Soweto-born playmaker is known, has made a huge contribution to Amakhosi over the years and will take his place among the legends of the club.
The midfielder joined Chiefs in January 2007 from Free State Stars.
Tshabalala has played 372 games for Kaizer Chiefs, including 336 starts and 36 substitute appearances. He has scored 58 goals for the Glamour Boys, with the last one a beautifully taken free-kick against Baroka FC in a one-all draw on August 14.
The 33-year-old has won numerous trophies with Kaizer Chiefs, including the league twice (2012/2013, 2014/2015), the Telkom Knockout three times (2007, 2010, 2011), MTN8 twice (2008, 2014) and the Nedbank Cup once (2013).
About his move to Erzurumspor, Tshabalala saif: “I always wanted to play overseas, in particular in Europe and I have never been shy to talk about that. It should have happened a long time ago, but I think that it’s God’s time. I am grateful that God is giving me this huge opportunity to showcase my talent in Europe.”
“Kaizer Chiefs means a lot to me. Chiefs Village will always be my home and the club will be forever in my heart. It’s my dream to play my last game as a professional player for Kaizer Chiefs before my retirement.
Kaizer Chiefs Chairman Kaizer Motaung said: “We wish Shabba only the best for this future endeavours. Once a Khosi, always a Khosi – he will always be one of us, no matter where he is.” (ANA)