Siphiwe Tshabalala swiftly etched his name into the World Cup narrative this summer and in the last few weeks his names been ‘popping up’ again in relation to a prospective transfer, with Paris Saint-Germain, Steaua Bucharest, Sivasspor, Wigan, Birmingham, and Man United mooted thus far.
But, hey maaaaaan, what kind of ghastly parasite are you? You can’t just reduce him to that goal; he existed before the World Cup, he subsists now, and he’ll look to flourish in the future. So, let’s have a quick look at who the hell this Siphiwe Tshabalala character really is….
Born in Phiri, Soweto, Siphiwe began his football development early with local side Phiri Movers. By time he reached his early teens he was on the books with Kaizer Chiefs’ well-respected youth system. However, it was only after spells with Alexandra United and Free State Stars, that he finally made it back into the reckoning with Kaizer Chiefs in 2007.
Whilst his stint at Free State Stars did coincide with a call-up to the national side in 2006, Tshabalala’s most prominent spell has certainly been with Kaizer Chiefs. Employed primarily as a left winger, he quickly established himself as a vital attacking force at South Africa’s most prestigious club and has remained a dynamic mainstay since, scoring 14 times from midfield thus far.
Thanks to his domestic form, he has also been prevalent for Bafana Bafana. Still only 25-years-old, he’s clocked up over 50 international appearances. Undoubtedly, the World Cup this summer was the zenith of his career and, as part of the side touted as South Africa’s ‘dream team’, he duly delivered. His thundering finish in the opening game of the tournament was definitely one of the better goals, but has, most strikingly, taken on further significance. Indeed, Tshabalala’s goal-giving football boot is set to become an ‘historical monument’, kept by South Africa’s Football Association as a celebratory symbol of the tournament.
A player of speed, drive and decent attacking prowess, since the World Cup it has been reported that Siphiwe Tshabalala is eyeing a European move. As indicated, many clubs have been mooted and it will be interesting to see if, and who, he eventually joins, but also (most pertinently) how he handles this next juncture in his career.
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