Shabba still dreams of Europe

2011-01-13 09:37

Johannesburg - Siphiwe Tshabalala's night with the stars in Zurich on Monday night has intensified his interest in playing in Europe, reports the Sowetan.

His opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, a thunderous 55th-minute strike against Mexico, was nominated at the FIFA Puskas Awards.

Turkey's Hamit Altintop scooped the prize. But that did not faze Tshabalala, who expressed delight at rubbing shoulders with the world's best footballers.

"It was a nice experience being around those high-profile people. I'm just grateful and happy to have been nominated," said the Kaizer Chiefs dangerman.

He said he feels he should have won but nevertheless was still happy with the recognition: "I am a little bit disappointed. That was the opening goal of the World Cup in Africa, but I am not bitter."

Tshabalala mingled with (Barca team-mates) Andres Iniesta and Xavi, Barca coach Pep Guardiola and Maicon.

"They actually came over to greet and congratulate me and I was humbled to realise that they still remember me."

Tshabalala said he had not discussed anything serious with Guardiola. "He came over to congratulate me,"' he said with a smile.

His business manager, Jazzman Mahlakgane, thanked South Africans for their support: "Even President Zuma called to congratulate him. This has been a great experience, he networked with people at his level."


  • Lunga - 2011-01-13 10:15

    "Tshabalala said he had not discussed anything serious with Guardiola. 'He came over to congratulate me', he said with a smile." Somehow I don't think this dude is even on Barca's radar. Maybe Stoke or Blackpool... or even Liverpool, but not Barca.

      African'shtr - 2011-01-13 11:52

      Lunga don't be a hyta, whats wrong with you but I understand you are a pie-rats fan(Pirates)

      Arsenefaithful - 2011-01-13 14:02

      Tshabalala should go to ARSENAL!!! Replace the out of form Arshavin. Boom. My life will be complete! Tshabalala is a legend!

      BlackSwan - 2011-01-13 14:32

      Have you smoked some of the weed in die schoolyard?

  • Only Truth - 2011-01-13 10:30

    Good one Shabba. Just out of interest, how did you communicate with XAVI? I understand he can't speak English......and you're as clueless when it comes to Spanish.

      nestum - 2011-01-13 12:13

      The fact that they dont speak english during their press conferences does not mean they dont know english sum prefer to speak their own language.

      Chusta - 2011-01-13 12:27

      And you know this how?

  • njabulo.nxele - 2011-01-13 10:51

    LOL, do you think Guardiola even cares about you Shabba

      Chusta - 2011-01-13 12:41

      Umuncu wena, Shabba didn't say any of that, except that he was greeted by Pep

  • BlackSwan - 2011-01-13 10:58

    Bob Dylan also had dreams

      Arsenefaithful - 2011-01-13 14:05

      So had Mandela and it came true.

      BlackSwan - 2011-01-13 14:36

      Some seem to have been nightmares

  • harry1 - 2011-01-13 11:20

    I hope you bunch of negative monkeys eat your words when Shabba hits the big time.

      BlackSwan - 2011-01-13 12:11

      Dream on

      njabulo.nxele - 2011-01-13 13:49

      Shabba at Barca, forget it, LOL

  • nestum - 2011-01-13 12:17

    Keep working hard your time will come and your team of playing abroad will cum true, stay focused! Gud things cum to those who wait.

  • Mzansisoka - 2011-01-13 14:32

    Well, you don't move this season then you might as well forget it. AGE!

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