On this Throwback Thursday, Briefly.co.za decided to look at a living legend of Mzansi football, Siphiwe Tshabalala.
Siphiwe Tshabalala’s name has been synonymous with South African football for more than a decade and he is widely regarded as one of the best players to ever grace Mzansi’s football pitches.
Tshabalala first rose to prominence while playing in the National First Division as he became the first player from the second tier to earn a Bafana Bafana call-up.
The prolific midfielder was born and bred in Soweto and consequently played at the Kaizer Chiefs academy.
However, he was forced to earn his place in the senior team the hard way as he first played for Alexandra United and Free State Stars.
Tshabalala's talent was noticed following Stars' relegation from the Premier Soccer League.
He then also caught the eye of the Amakhosi as the club brought him back to Naturena in January 2007.
Shabba earned many accolades for Chiefs, but 2008/ 2009 was arguably his finest season.
He won the Player and Players’ Player of the Year, the website player of the year amd goal of the season awards at a club ceremony.
Tshabalala scored two of the greatest goals in South African history - the first was his epic strike to open Bafana's account at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the second came in 2015 when his 40-yard volley went viral.
The midfielder's 90 caps makes him the second most experienced player in Bafana's history.
Tshabalala is known for his heroics off the field as the philanthropist founded the Siphiwe Tshabalala Foundation to give back to those in need.
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