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Shabba Responds To Retirement Talks

Kaizer Chiefs legend Siphiwe Tshabalala has confirmed he’s not retired from the game yet despite being clubless for the past three months.

‘Shabba’ parted ways with AmaZulu in August after being told he was not part of head coach Benni McCarthy’s long-term plans.

Having only featured in 162 minutes of football during his stint with Usuthu, the 37-year-old was seemingly heading for retirement after a decorated career in South African football which even led to a stint in Europe with BB Erzurumspor in the Turkish Super Lig between 2017 and 2018.

However, in a brief statement, he suggested he’s not hung up his boots just yet when speaking at the Walter Sisulu Soccer Challenge launch on Thursday.

“I’m Siphiwe Tshabalala, I’m a current professional soccer player,” the 91-time capped Bafana Bafana winger said before stating an announcement will be made soon about his future.

Having used the tournament as a springboard towards his professional career towards where he starred from Free State Stars as a left-back before his PSL breakthrough with Amakhosi – Shabba went on to explain how pivotal the event can be for the rising stars in Mzansi.

“It’s important for this tournament to take place, it’s given so much to the community and players. Dreams came through this platform – it prepares you for a tougher environment.

“When you play in this tournament, yes it may be at amateur level but the stakes are high, the standard is good – they bring in good referees, the fans as well. It’s what you experience at the professional level

“You also get an opportunity to learn how to conduct yourself, on and off the field. It’s a great platform in that regard.”

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