Shabba will boost Bafana

CityPress - - Sport -

Kaizer Chiefs mid­fielder Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala’s in­clu­sion in the Bafana Bafana squad that will play Sene­gal on Fri­day should not come as sur­prise to the foot­ball fra­ter­nity.

Shabba has been a stand-out player for Amakhosi for the past two sea­sons and, de­spite be­ing 33, he has not shown any signs of slow­ing down.

He was last with the se­nior na­tional team back in 2014 and will make his 89th ap­pear­ance for the coun­try if he is fielded.

The Chiefs stal­wart brings vast in­ter­na­tional ex­pe­ri­ence to the setup. Not only that, his in­flu­ence could also work won­ders for the team.

No Chiefs player has had more in­flu­ence than Tsha­bal­ala, lead­ing all play­ers in scor­ing and cre­ativ­ity by a wide mar­gin from last sea­son.

He was Amakhosi’s top scorer last sea­son with eight goals.

But it is not just goals that he brings – it is as­sists too, and that is ex­actly what is needed in Bafana.

He is also ver­sa­tile. Although he is left-footed, he can op­er­ate on both sides of the field, which al­lows him to cut in­side and go for a goal when play­ing on the right.

In short, he will give Stu­art Bax­ter great at­tack­ing op­tions.

The mid­fielder has also proved that he has the abil­ity to in­flu­ence games with his speed, trick­ery and un­selfish­ness.

When he an­nounced the squad, Bax­ter said: “I think Shabba at the mo­ment is ar­guably the most in­flu­en­tial player in the league.

“I think he can give you a set­play, he can find that pass, he can whip one in from 30m and, apart from all of that, his ex­pe­ri­ence in the dress­ing room is in­valu­able.

Ti­mothy Molobi –

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