- On Tuesday, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed that Siphiwe Tshabalala would be leaving the club in a shock transfer to Turkish side BB Erzurumspor
- Shabba as he has become affectionately known to Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs fans spent the better part of 11 years at the Naturena
- Twitter users have reacted with shock but have also shown just how loved Shaba is
On Tuesday, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed the news which the club’s throngs of supporters had been dreading for days, Siphiwe Tshabalala will be leaving the Naturena to play for Turkish side BB Erzurumspor.
The news came as a shock for two reasons, the timing of the transfer and the fact that Tshabalala had become nearly ubiquitous at the club, having spent the better part of 11 years playing for Kaizer Chiefs.
Shabba as he has become affectionately known to supporters of Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana has reportedly signed a two year deal with BB Erzurumspor.
Briefly.co.za gathered that his new club was recently promoted to the Turkish premier league, the Super Lig. The club has not gotten off to a great start and lost its opening two matches.
Sport24.com reported that reports of Shabba’s shock move to Turkey first started circulating about a week ago. The details of the move have not been made public and Kaizer Chiefs management has declined to comment on the reasons for letting one of their biggest stars go.
Shabba shot to national and international fame during the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He scored one of the signature goals of the tournament.
The 33-year old was linked to various moves overseas after the tournament but none of those deals ever materialised. Shabba has since focused on playing for Kaizer Chiefs and has forged a legacy at the club which few could ever hope to match.
During his time at the club, he has won the league title twice and also won the Telkom Knockout Challenge on three occasions. Shabba also helped his side to lift the MTN8 Cup twice and the Nedbank Cup once.
Shabba has made 91 appearances in Bafana Bafana colours but was not included in Stuart Baxter’s squad to face Libya in the AFCON qualifier in September.
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