Cape Town - Following Kaizer Chiefs' announcement that Siphiwe Tshabalala will wear the captain’s armband for the upcoming season, the midfielder has promised to be a great example on and off the pitch.
According to the Kaizer Chiefs website, the 30-year-old expressed how honoured he felt to captain the Sowetan side.
“It is a great honour to be chosen to lead such a great club,” said Shabba.
“I am happy to form part of the illustrious names that captained Chiefs in the past.”
Former Amakhosi captains include Neil Tovey, Cyril Nzama and Patrick Mabedi, and in the yesteryear's Ryder Mofokeng who led the team between 1975 and 1986.
“I will do my best with the support of my colleagues,” continued Tshabalala.
“We have a good squad of players who are qualified to lead the team.
“The quality and the leadership in the team makes me grateful to be a part of this great institution.”
Shabba has appeared for Chiefs in 286 matches and rattling the net on 41 occasions since he became a Glamour Boy in 2007.
The midfielder is known globally for scoring the first goal of the 2010 Soccer World Cup against Mexico in the 55th minute. The game went on to finish in a 1–1 draw.
“I will be a great example on and off the pitch,” promised Shabba.
“I will have to do extra weight lifting and gain muscles to lift trophies for our supporters and the club.”
Tshabalala will be ably assisted by his Amakhosi’s Captains Committee of Siboniso Gaxa, Willard Katsande, Morgan Gould, Tsepo Masilela, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Lorenzo Gordinho.