Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs captain Siphiwe Tshabalala reveal
that he promised his mother the gold medal the last time Amakhosi played in the
Telkom Knockout final.
Amakhosi go into this year’s final against Mamelodi
Sundowns on Wednesday, December 16 having won the League Cup thirteen times,
three of the gold medals have come with Telkom as sponsors.
“It was a special game, especially on a personal level,”
reveals Tshabalala about Chiefs’ last Telkom Knockout win on the club’s
“We were in the final
and my mom was in hospital,” reflects ‘Shabba’ on the emphatic 3-0 victory over
archrivals Orlando Pirates in the 2010 Telkom Knockout final.
“On Friday evening we were in camp and I asked the coach if
I could visit my mom.”
“I promised my mom and the entire family the gold medal,” he
Tshabalala scored the third goal that sealed the victory in
front of a 91 000 capacity crowd at the FNB Stadium on the night of 4 December
“I was not fully focused because of my mom, but the day
after the final I visited the hospital proudly carrying the gold medal,’ adds
the Chiefs midfielder.
Unfortunately, on 5 December, Shabba’s mom, Rebecca
Tshabalala, passed on.
“I did well scoring the match’s last goal,” continues the
Chiefs midfielder. “The match required a big match temperament.”
From the class of 2010, Itumeleng Khune and Reneilwe
Letsholonyane are the only two other players still in the Amakhosi squad.
Chiefs go into this titanic sold out clash against Mamelodi
Sundowns on Reconciliation Day, December 16.
Kick-off is at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium is at 18:00.