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Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Shabba avails himself for future Bafana call-ups

3:00 PM GMT+4 09/02/2017
South Africa midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala
At 32, Shabba still has a few years left in him as a footballer, and he told the media on Wednesday that he still dreams of returning to Bafana Bafana

Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has not given up on claiming more Bafana Bafana caps before he retires from professional football. 

The 32-year-old played 88 times for the South African senior national team between 2006 and 2015, but the prospect of donning the Bafana jersey again still motivates him.

However, Shabba said he won't push himself too hard to get recognition, but said he would be ready if the opportunity is presented to him.

He played for Bafana in three different Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournaments, the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup and he was also an important member of Carlos Parreira's squad during the 2010 Fifa World Cup on home soil. Shabba scored 12 international goals for South Africa.    

"I'd still love to play for the national team. I’ve enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and I’m not going to put any pressure," the Amakhosi midfielder told the media. 

"I just want to keep working hard for my team and if that opportunity comes then I’ll definitely grab it with both my hands, but no pressure," he said. 

"I think football nowadays is not only about talent; it’s about brains and hard work as well, and that completes a player," he continued. 

The former Amakhosi skipper also took time to reflect on his performance against Free State Stars earlier this week. 

He was pleased that he managed to play in different positions to help his side win and stay in the race for the league title. 

"I played as an attacking midfielder and I was switched to the left-hand side as well. I dropped deep to manage the game, and I’m happy that I can play more than three or four positions. It’s about timing... it’s about experience as to how to manage the game - when to run with the ball, when to slow down, and when to use your speed as well," Shabba concluded.