- Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala shocked South Africans recently when he accepted a deal to go play football in Turkey
- Once the initial shock wore off most of Shabba’s supporters and fans wished the legendary player well
- Shabba is settling into his new home of Erzurum and says everything about the move is a dream come true
Siphiwe ‘Shabba’ Tshabalala is settling into his new environment in the Turkish city of Erzurum and said although he had been in the city for just over a week it was a dream come true. Shabba said he had been so warmly received by the locals that he felt more famous than he did in South Africa.
Shabba said although the move was more than eight years in the making and felt like it had taken more than a lifetime to achieve his goal of playing football for a European side he finally felt like he had achieved everything he wanted to in his life.
Tshabalala recently shocked his legions of loyal and adoring fans when he accepted a deal to move to Turkey and play for BB Erzurumspor. Shabba had become a fixture at Kaizer Chiefs having spent the better part of 11 years at his previous club.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Shabba couldn’t get enough of how the locals had warmed to him and had made him feel welcome from the moment he arrived at the airport.
SowetanLive.co.za reported that Shabba said he was getting used to living in Erzurum which he described as a small but vibrant city with less than half a million permanent residents, after the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg his new home must seem very calm and relaxing.
Shabba said so far he enjoyed his new surroundings but admitted that he was already missing his wife and son.
Shabba is married to former Miss SA Bokang Montjane and the couple have a young son. Shabba revealed that Bokang will remain in South Africa to look after their combined business interests.
Shabba said he was thankful that football had opened so many doors in life for him and had enabled him to look after his extended family financially. He has always been proud of purchasing a home for his parents with some of the money he has earned through football.
Shabba said he had no plans to move to Turkey permanently and would probably reassess his life in three-years when is contract expires.
In the meanwhile, Shabba is content to live his dream and make the best of the opportunity which came his way.
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