Friday, June 11, 2010
Aladdin Sodiq Blog Profiles: Siphiwe Tshabalala
Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala (born 25 September 1984) is a South African professional footballer who is now widely known as the 'next generation' Zidane after a brilliant goal scored during the match between South Africa and Mexico in June 2010 FIFA World Cup. Tshabahaha plays as a winger for Kaizer Chiefs in the South African Premier Soccer League. Tshabalala is also a part of the South African national team. It is rumoured that he signed for Coventry City FC before the start of the World Cup for £2m.
He hails from Phiri, Soweto.
Siphiwe Tshabalala played at the Kaizer Chiefs academy but only broke through to the senior team after spells with Alexandra United and Free State Stars. Before the start of the 2007/8 season Chiefs bought back their own product and Tshabalala was used as the team’s first-choice left-wing. During the 2008/9 pre-season, coach Muhsin Ertugral began to occasionally employ the left-footer in the centre of the midfield.
Coventry City F.C.
Tshabalala signed for Coventry City for £2m before the World Cup, with Coventry manager Aidy Boothroyd proclaiming "He is an exciting talent, he will surely light up the World Cup and improve the name of Coventry City worldwide." Boothroyd is hoping Tshabalala, McSheffrey and Doyle will combine well to take them into the Premiership.
He made his national team debut in a friendly against Egypt on January 14, 2006.
Tshabalala was part of the South African squad at 2006 African Nations Cup, 2008 African Nations Cup and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.
He has so far been capped 49 times scoring seven goals.
Most recently he scored the first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Mexico in the 55th minute, followed by an elaborate rehearsed celebration. He was voted the ITV1 man of the match.