Absa Premiership

Doc: Shabba is top class

2015-04-15 08:58
Siphiwe Tshabalala (Supplied)

Pretoria - Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach Doctor Khumalo believes Siphiwe Tshabalala was the most outstanding player on the field for the Amakhosi in their victory over the University of Pretoria on Tuesday.

Chiefs defeated AmaTuks 1-0 in their Absa Premiership encounter at the Tuks Stadium courtesy of Tshabalala’s well taken free-kick.

“16V” said despite believing in a team effort, the 30-year-old left footer stepped up to the party with his individual brilliance to ensure that the Phefeni Glamour Boys took home all three points.

Khumalo, 47, also revealed that he had to change their game plan after the interval as they were struggling to find accurate passes in the first half, and their second half tactics worked for them on the night.

“We must give credit to the boys; they did very well tonight,” Khumalo said.

“But it took one individual to make the difference in the game.

“Yes we play as a team but “Shabba” (Tshabalala) really made the difference and we can’t take that away from him because he is a top class player.

“And I must give credit also to the whole team because we came to the match with three options.

“We knew very well that it’s not going to be conducive for us to play our normal game.

“But technically yes we were limited in terms of playing the passing game.

“But we changed the formation with the coach (Stuart Baxter) at half time and add more bodies in the midfield.

“Then we started passing the ball around but overall “Shabba” was really marvellous for us.”

Chiefs have four remaining games this season, against Polokwane City, Mamelodi Sundowns, Bidvest Wits and Chippa United.


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