Siphiwe Tshabalala looking to extend career

Siphiwe Tshabalala is not done with football yet after the end of his stint in Turkey.
Siphiwe Tshabalala is not done with football yet after the end of his stint in Turkey.
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Is ex-Bafana Bafana ace Siphiwe Tshabalala still keen to play professional football or has he retired silently?

Surely, this somewhat of a million-dollar question has crossed minds of a number of local football lovers.

Tshabalala, 35, parted ways with Turkish top-flight club BB Erzurumspor after they were relegated at the end of last season.

"Shabba", as the renowned former Kaizer Chiefs left-winger is known, last played a competitive game in May - for Erzurumspor.

During his 11-month stint in Turkey, Tshabalala garnered 19 appearances across all tournaments, without scoring, but registered a single assist.

Asked about the latest development on Tshabalala's football career, his agent Jazzman Mahlakgane wasn't keen to divulge much, but confirmed that the dread-locked offensive midfielder hasn't hung up his boots yet.

"There's nothing much to say about Shabba at this stage, but he's still a footballer.

"I will get back to you in the next few days . maybe I will have something tangible to share. I have some meetings and we're working on many things," Mahlakgane told Sowetan yesterday.

It is believed that the hindrance to Tshabalala signing with a new club is that he wants a two-year deal, while his suitors are only willing to hand him a one-year contract.

A number of clubs in Azerbaijan, including the one his former Amakhosi teammate Hendrick Ekstein plays for, Sabah FK, are said to be among Shabba's admirers.

As a free agent, the Soweto-born star can join any team of his choice any time.

Tshabalala's switch to Turkey at the age of 34 was perceived by many as an embodiment of steadfastness, motivating a lot of ageing footballers that age doesn't matter but it's what you can offer that counts at the end of the day.

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