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Shabba targets Bafana return

2014-12-08 12:29
Bafana Bafana's Siphiwe Tshabalala (AFP)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is hopeful that his contributions at club level can lead to a recall to the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.

The 30-year-old is the second-most capped South Africa international with 88 appearances, second only to Aaron Mokoena, who is the country's only centurion with 107 caps.

Tshabalala produced a match-wining display during Saturday's Soweto Derby, where he scored Chiefs' opener in the 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates, which led to him being named man of the match at the FNB Stadium.

That form has come on the back of a shaky few months for Tshabalala, where an injury setback in September saw him drop down the pecking order with Amakhosi, as well as falling out of the reckoning under new Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba.

However, with the playmaker seemingly back to his best for the Glamour Boys, he is hopeful he can once again cement his place in the national team, who head to AFCON 2015 full of confidence after finishing the qualifying rounds as Group A winners.

"Obviously I was happy with the display I put in on Saturday," 'Shabba', as he is affectionately known, told Football411.

"But ever since returning from injury I've been happy with the contributions I've been making.

"Of course, I've struggled along the way but my team-mates have always been there, encouraging me and giving the support.

"I continued to work hard and fight for my place as the team was doing well with the guys that were playing.

"I also waited for my chance and I am happy with how things have turned out."

When asked about his Bafana ambitions, he added: "Yeah, I hope that my hard work doesn't go unnoticed."


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