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Chiefs and Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala tells the Safa website that he is not thinking about playing in Europe anymore

Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana midfielder Siphiwe “Shabba” Tshabalala says his dream of playing in one of the European leagues is diminishing every day.

Shabba is closing in on his 80th Bafana cap, and says he is happy with his career as he reflects back to the first Bafana call-up that he received while playing in the National First Division (NFD).  

“At the moment I am happy where I am and with how my career is going. I turned professional in 2004/05 in the colours of Free State Stars. We got relegated and I got my first call up while playing in the first division,” said Tshabalala.

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However, Shabba admits that he might be tempted should any of the European clubs show interest, but maintains that he won’t be disappointed if nothing happens.

“Obviously my dream was to play abroad, but I always tell myself that I should not force matters. That will come when the time is right and if it does happen I will grab the opportunity with both hands. But if it does not happen, life goes on,” he said.

Tshabalala reveals that there were offers for him after the 2010 Fifa World Cup, but he felt that they were not good enough and he now wants to focus on planning his future after football.

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“I had offers from overseas but I felt they were not right because I do not want to leave for the sake of leaving. Right now I am enjoying my football at Chiefs, and at 29 I should start thinking about planning for my future - life after football,” added Tshabalala.

Shabba brought the world to his feet when he scored the opener during the 2010 Fifa World Cup finals in South Africa, a goal which was nominated for the 2010 Fifa Puskas Award.

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