Tshabalala is my role model – TS Galaxy captain Mashego

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“Siphiwe Tshabalala has always been my favourite even today. I grew up looking at him. I wanted to play like him.”

These are the words of TS Galaxy captain Terrence Mashego, who has established himself as a formidable left-back and an option in the final third.

Born and raised in Mamelodi, Northeast of Pretoria, the highly-rated Mashego was part of the Galaxy side that had a fairytale run in the Nedbank Cup and ended up stunning favourites Kaizer Chiefs in the final to be crowned Champions with Mashego playing an instrumental role.

Mashego, who walked away with the 2019 Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player Award stated that former Kaizer Chiefs left-winger Tshabalala is the player who he still looks up to despite playing a more defensive role at Galaxy

In his junior days, Mashego was a left-winger and used to wear the same jersey number as Tshabalala, 14.

“I used to wear number 14 in my junior days and I can say even today he’s my role model, not just football-wise but even outside football. I respect that man [‘Shabba’]. He kept the discipline and he achieved great things. I wish I could just be like him,” Mashego told FARPost.

The 23-year-old is the perfect modern-day full-back as he intelligent, composed, and doesn’t only stick to his defensive duties but also makes overlapping runs, sends in good crosses, and contributes to the attack.

“I was playing as a winger because I have pace and I can take on defenders. They converted me to a left-back when I was representing Gauteng in the SAB under 21 tournament and from there, I started playing this position,” added Mashego.

“To be honest I don’t wish to go back to that [winger] position. Because now I’m used to playing while facing the game and I can attack whilst playing at the back. I’ve played my best football as a left-back due to the fact that I can defend well and attack more,” said the Mamelodi-born defender.

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Mashego is a Bachelor of Law (LLB) first-year student at the University of South Africa (UNISA).

The Galaxy captain is pleased to be the leader of a professional side at the age of 23 and has aspirations of playing abroad with the big boys in the English Premier League (EPL).

“It has been two great seasons for me at Galaxy. I’m very grateful to find myself in this big brand. I started playing my football at Arcadia Shepherds then moved to Morning Stars (amateur level) then went to Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) – Varsity Cup in 2016.

“From TUT I went straight to Mthatha Bucks in 2017 and now find myself at Galaxy. Honestly, I want to see myself in the English Premier League.

“But first I need to get a call up in the national team – Bafana Bafana, because I strongly believe if I can play in the national team then I will be scouted to play in England,” concluded Mashego.

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