Retiring never crossed Tshabalala’s mind

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AmaZulu’s marquee signing Siphiwe Tshabalala says he has never thought of hanging up his boots, even though his last competitive match was 17 months ago.

Tshabalala was one of the 10 new signings that Usuthu unveiled on Monday as new owner Sandile Zungu looks to revive the 88-year-old club.

The 36-year-old last played for BB Erzurumspor and has never been attached to any club since he left Turkish side in May 2019.

“I am still hungry and as long as I am still on the field I won’t lose the hunger in me,” Tshabalala told journalists moments after his unveiling on Monday.

“I won’t lose the child in me, I will always give my best and I will always challenge myself as well. So now it is time to create memories with my new teammates and also leave good memories,” he said.

“It didn’t even slip my mind (retiring). I have had quite a number of offers, mostly abroad and for me it was to make a decision and I always say that things happen for a reason. I am happy with the decision that I took, I am here because I want to be here and not because I have to be here,” continues Tshabalala who scored the first World Cup goal of the 2010 Tournament on African soil.

The former Kaizer Chiefs player who signed a two-year contract says he wants to carry on playing until it doesn’t feel right to.

“As long as I am still happy on the field, as long as I still wake up in the morning with a smile then I will keep going. The day I wake up with back pains and a sad face then that’s when I will stop,” he added.

Other AmaZulu new signings are; Makhehleni Makhaula, Sicelo Mkhize, Siphelele Nene, Thembela Sikhakhane, Limbikani Mzava, Samkelo Mgwazela, Siphelele Mthembu, Luvuyo Memela and Augustine Mulenga.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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