Tshabalala: I wasn't pressured

2012-02-02 10:08

Johannesburg - Siphiwe Tshabalala has thanked Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung for giving him space to decide on his future.

The Bafana Bafana winger penned a new three-year deal with Amakhosi on Tuesday after Crystal Palace revealed they may only offer him a contract in June following his trial with the Championship side.

Tshabalala explained how he reached his decision to Chiefs' official website.

"I requested to meet the chairman to ask him to give me more time to think about my future," he said. "I am grateful that he allowed me to do that. I gave him my word that if I have to leave Chiefs it would be for a team in Europe and through the blessings of the club. He also told me that if something comes up he will not stand on my way. The chairman was very understanding.

"Having given me the time I went back to him and told him; 'I am ready to renew'. He was delighted with my decision. It is now up to me to repay the faith the chairman and the club has shown in me and that I can only do it on the field."

The ex-Free State Stars playmaker insists he faced no undue pressure to extend his stay at Naturena.

"I should make it clear that it was my decision to stay with the team and I was never put under pressure," he said. "I am grateful to my manager, Jazzman Ramahlakane. He was very supportive throughout the process."

Looking ahead, 'Shabba' is eager to help the Glamour Boys claim PSL honours this season, with Sundowns currently three points ahead at the summit.

He said: "It remains my ambition to win the league title with the club. I am lucky to have collected few trophies during my stay since my arrival back in 2006. I want to win the league now.

"Having won it with Free State Stars in the first division, I know how it feels and I want to feel the same way with the Chiefs. We are only three points adrift to leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and we believe that winning the league is within our reach."


  • Paul - 2012-02-02 10:35

    oh no. next thing (like mphela) the asking price wil be toooooo high and he wil be stuck in the amateur levels of your countries PSL.

      afzal.modi - 2012-02-02 11:19

      If a team that wants to buy Shaba or Mphela, doesn't have a million pounds to buy them, they shouldn't want to go to those clubs anyway.

  • Moagi - 2012-02-02 10:50

    ... your game has been very disappointing lately, i suspect you've stopped working on the set pieces, keepers are not scared of your free kicks anymore. I think the world cup goal got to your head and the failed move to Europe killed your spirit and it's showing in your game. Work hard cos we need you this season. Put in the hours on your own to work on those set pieces, this is your bread and butter, you should perfect your skill and oh ... work on your right foot dude, it totally useless at the moment!

  • david.lebethe - 2012-02-02 11:08

    @Paul. Bit condescending, do you think? I find it irritating by people (most of whom whites with dual citizenship) telling us how low and poor everything blacks do (it be in sports, work, education, health and politics). Please keep your Premier League, Liga, etc and we will keep our PSL and Bafana-Bafana.

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-02-02 12:34


      Paul - 2012-02-03 07:19

      As much as you won't like to admit it, the level of the PSL is amateur. Would it be less offensive if my picture was not there. Instead of taking offense and generalizing (work, education, etc). why not try improve. Maybe my tone could have improved in my first statement, but that does not change the fact that the level of football of the league and national team is sub-standard.

      Arthur - 2012-02-07 09:25

      @ Paul , you right Mpela overseas move was halted due to his price tag, however one needs to understand the clubs point of view , a player is an asset and the team would like a return on that investment. I think you will agree that the PSL is professional and yes maybe the level of soccer should be lifted. @ David, I believe that as soccer lovers we need to be honest about the fact that the level of soccer is not where it should have been. We the paying public need to start making a noise and let both the PSL and the players know that we are not happy with the level of service that they giving us. People are right to compare our league with Europa leagues because they are at the top and therefore we need to strive to get to that level.

  • Cosmas - 2012-02-02 15:27

    kwa kwa kwa kwa u dont force a club to buy u, it jus wont work!

  • Su - 2012-02-08 14:55

    Us Amakhosi supporters welcome you back Shabba. Now you can stop pondering your future and get down to scoring us a few goals for the rest of the season and maybe now is also a good time to stop the simulation you are so fond of. Yawn!! Anyway, we love you. Make us proud.

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