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Siphiwe Tshabalala wins first man of the match award in Turkey

9:44 AM WAT 26/11/2018
Siphiwe Tshabalala of Buyuksehir Belediye Erzurumspor
The veteran winger proved just why he's highly rated by Erzurumspor and their fans as he produced a man of the match performance this past weekend

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Siphiwe Tshabalala played a pivotal role in helping Erzurumspor beat Antalyaspor 1-0 this past weekend.

Shabba, as he's affectionately known, made his second league start for the Turkish outfit. 

After a difficult start to life in Turkey, the South Africa international appears to be slowly finding his feet. 

It was a few weeks ago when Shabba missed a penalty as his team crashed out of a Cup competition, but the left-footed player rose to the occasion and produced a man of the match performance. 

He was presented with his first individual accolade for his contribution to the team's win. 

The Phiri-born player grabbed an assist on the day before being substituted with eight minutes of regulation remaining on the clock. 

However, he left the pitch with his team in total control of the game and he would be pleased that his teammates stood firm to the defend the slender lead and eventually secure the three points.

Erzurumspor are now placed 14th on the log after 13 league games. 

Shabba will hope to build on this performance going forward, especially because the technical team has continuously showed faith in him.

Meanwhile, Percy Tau and Kurt Abrahams came up against each other as Union Saint Gilloise hosted Westerlo this past weekend. 

However, despite their the two South Africans' rise in the Belgian First Division this season, neither player was able to find the back of the net as Westerlo held Saint-Gilloise to a 0-0 draw.

Tau's team, Saint-Gilloise, is placed third on the log, while Abrahams' Westerlo sit second on the log.  

In the Netherlands, Thulani Serero lasted for the entire 90 minutes as Vitesse beat Willem II 3-1. 

This was Serero's 12th start of the campaign for Vitesse, who are now placed fourth on the standings.