New AmaZulu FC midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has revealed why he joined the KwaZulu-Natal giants.
The experienced attacking midfielder was amongst the 10 new signings which were unveiled to bolster the Usuthu squad on Monday.
Nicknamed Shabba, Tshabalala held talks with AmaZulu club chairman Sandile Zungu, who explained what the team aims to achieve ahead of the new 2020/21 campaign.
Zungu has set a mandate of a top-four finish for the club in the DSTV Premiership and Shabba believes that chairman’s dream is possible.
“I had a meeting with him and he told me his vision, which is why I came here, and I hope with this new chapter I can bring a difference both on and off the field,” Tshabalala said.
“I wouldn’t say it’s impossible, I don’t want to use the word impossible. It’s different but it can be achieved. I just got here and I can’t wait to meet the rest of the team and start working with them.”
Shabba is one of the most accomplished footballers in the country having won two Absa Premiership titles with Kaizer Chiefs and he also played for Bafana Bafana at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup finals.
The 36-year-old last played a competitive match in May 2019 for BB Erzurumspor in the Turkish Super Lig encounter and he is now looking forward to playing for AmaZulu in the DStv Premiership.
“Obviously, we play against [Orlando] Pirates [on Saturday], then three days later there’s another game, so it’s going to be a tough season,” he added.
“I think the guys are up for it and that’s how we strive as players. It’s a challenge to join a team that has been struggling for seven years fighting relegation.
“It’s a challenge, and I’m up for it. I want to do my best and help the team and I’m looking forward to it.”
AmaZulu will open their 2020/21 DStv Premiership campaign with a clash against Pirates at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Saturday. Kick-off is at 20h15.Share