Cape Town - Veteran Kaizer Chiefs star Siphiwe Tshabalala praised the club's football manager Bobby Motaung for giving him the support needed to ensure he was a success.
Shabba has enjoyed 10 years with the Glamour Boys and has also played a vital role for Bafana Bafana.
In 2010, he scored the nation's first goal against Mexico in the World Cup opening match.
The player is thankful for the support offered by Motaung when he signed for Chiefs in January 2007.
"I signed the contract and went for medical tests. It was then when I thought things could have gone pear-shaped. I was convinced that the news of the knee problem would mean that Chiefs was going to terminate the contract," he told the club's official website.
"I took the news bravely though. I was happily surprised to receive the support from Chiefs. Football manager Bobby Motaung encouraged me to focus on the recovery, which I did.
"A special word of gratitude goes to Bobby for his patience during my injury. I also want to extend words of gratitude to all the coaches during this time, with special words of appreciation to Muhsin Ertugral for giving me my debut."
The 32-year-old has made over 300 appearances for Amakhosi and has close to 50 goals as well.
In recent campaigns, the attacking midfielder has also been among the Premiership leaders when it comes to assists.