“Everyone is disappointed but it is important for us to remain positive and search for growth. I want to use the league matches as my way of gaining my form,” said Tshabalala.
Tshabalala missed out on the last two matches and finally got a run during the Mali game. Tshabalala said that not playing most of the Afcon matches does not really hurt him, but it has made him stronger.
“It is all about working hard and waiting for your opportunity. I believe that every player that was selected ahead of me deserved it,” he said.
The midfielder added that his focus now will be on his club, and also trying to keep his spot in the national team.
“We have few games coming up and it would be great to wear the silver medal with the club since I couldn’t with Bafana. This is also a great opportunity for everyone to pull up their socks and show the coach what one is capable of doing. The coach has shown that there are no favourites in the team and I am also hoping to get back to the starting eleven,” said Tshabalala.
This was his third Afcon and was hoping to take the team to the finals. Shabba, as he is fondly known is the only player that netted for Bafana during the penalty shootout.
“It felt good scoring, but I am quite disappointed over what happened to my teammates, but as you know that is how the game of football is like. The keeper might guess on the right position and save the ball.
“All in all the tournament was good. There are lot of things that I learnt and I hope that I will use them at club level as well. I am really inspired by the way we played and I believe that we gave it our all, and we just needed that bit of luck,” he said.