The Bafana Bafana vice-captain has been struggling with an injury he picked up recently, and it is looking likely that he could miss this weekend's encounter with the Brazilians
Shabba suffered a knee injury during Chiefs' 3-0 win over Moroka Swallows on July 22 in a Gauteng Sports Challenge clash at the Lucas Moripe stadium and he was ruled out for 10 days.
As a result he missed the Carling Black Label Cup clash against Orlando Pirates over the weekend and as it stands, Chiefs remain hopeful that he would make the trip to Pretoria to face Sundowns in the MTN8 quarter-finals.
"We are waiting for our medical team to let us know whether he will be available for the match and it is a 70/30 situation. He has a 70% of playing… He might be available and he may not, but I can't confirm anything at this stage," Khumalo said, according to Kickoff.com.
Midfielder George Lebese has definitely been ruled out of the Sundowns clash with a knee injury he suffered in the match against Pirates, while Jimmy Jambo is also not available because of a displaced nasal bone fracture. Both players are expected back in just over two weeks from now.
However, Khumalo says Chiefs aren't worried about the missing players. "We have 27 players and we have guys who are capable of delivering," he stated.
"We have assembled a strong team and we had the best preparation in terms of our pre-season… We are more than prepared for Sunday," Khumalo concluded.