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The dreadlocked Bafana midfielder sustained an injury at training a few days ago, and Khune tells Goal that the team will miss Shabba

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By Ernest Makhaya

Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune has told Goal that Siphiwe Tshabalala will certainly be missed by his teammates during their upcoming Telkom Knockout Cup game against Polokwane City on Saturday.

Shabba, as he is affectionately known, has been ruled out of action for the next two and half weeks due to an injury and Khune believes this is the perfect chance for other players to prove themselves.

“We are going to miss him. I mean whenever Tshabalala is on the field, he makes things happen. Now, not having him in the team means there is an opportunity for other players to step in and do the job,” Khune told Goal.

The Chiefs captain is confident there’s enough depth in the team to fill Shabba’s void, but he certainly rates the 29-year-old’s contribution highly.

“As you would see the coach opted to play Bernard Parker on the left and Tshabalala on the right and George Lebese on the bench.

“I think this time around he’s got plenty of options that the coach would consider in replacing Shabba, but he will surely be missed and we wish him a speedy recovery,” concluded Khune.

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