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A week after Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala left Kaizer Chiefs for Erzu­rum­spor, club chair­man Kaizer Mo­taung heaped praised on his former player, de­scrib­ing him as a club le­gend. “It is very im­pres­sive these days that a player plays so many games for one club,” he said. “Shabba has played 372 games for Amakhosi and scored 58 goals. That is quite re­mark­able. He be­longs to that true group of former Chiefs play­ers such as Ace Nt­soe­len­goe, Teenage Dladla, Doc­tor Khu­malo, Neil Tovey and Thabo Mooki – all of whom made a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the club.” Shabba him­self says he was hon­oured by his former chair­man’s com­ments, and proud of the con­tri­bu­tion he was able to make with the Glam­our Boys. “I read that, and I be­came so emo­tional,” Tsha­bal­ala says of Mo­taung’s words. “The chair­man is one of the great­est peo­ple in the coun­try, and he has done a lot for us. He brought joy to so many peo­ple through foot­ball dur­ing the apartheid era when there was no joy. Even though there was war dur­ing that era, peo­ple still found joy through foot­ball and he played a sig­nif­i­cant role in that. Hav­ing cre­ated a big in­sti­tu­tion like Kaizer Chiefs, a club with such a rich his­tory, for him to say those kind words makes me hum­bled. I’m proud of the con­tri­bu­tion I’ve made at the club. I’m also proud of the recog­ni­tion be­cause these things are said when you are no more. But I’m grate­ful that these good things were said. It’s spe­cial and I ap­pre­ci­ate that.”

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