In years gone by, Siphiwe Tshabalala used to turn out for Kaizer Chiefs, but today the clubless star will be watching the team from home.
‘Shabba’ admitted in an interview with Kaizer Chiefs’ website that he’s “nervous” ahead of the final day of the Absa Premiership, but has faith in Amakhosi’s current squad.
“I am actually more nervous watching a game, than when I was playing,” he confessed. “I sometimes want to use the remote to control certain things in the match, although it doesn’t really help…”
He continued: “This is the final lap. It’s all about those 90 minutes. Of course, the coach will do the line-up and discuss the tactics with the team, but thereafter it’s up to the players to do the job. Everyone has a role to play, including the guys who won’t start. My advice to the players: ‘Go out and enjoy’.”
Log leaders Chiefs take on Baroka, who are 15th, at Bidvest Stadium, while second-placed Mamelodi Sundowns have a date with Black Leopards at Dobsonville Stadium.
“It’s a big year for Kaizer Chiefs as it’s the club’s 50th anniversary year. It is, however, crucial that the players don’t get uptight.
“Senior players like Itumeleng Khune, Mulomowandau Mathoho, Willard Katsande and Bernard Parker have been in this situation, they have won the league. I am sure that they will talk with the younger guys and share their experience.
“They will also tell their teammates, ‘forget about social media for now, let’s focus on what needs to be done on Saturday’,” added Tshabalala.
By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa