Tshabalala playing for South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
|Full name||Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala|
|Date of birth||25 September 1984|
|Place of birth||Soweto, South Africa|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Kaizer Chiefs juniors|
|Moroka Swallows juniors|
|2004–2007||Free State Stars||64||(31)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala (born 25 September 1984 in Soweto), known as Siphiwe Tshabalala, is a South African professional football midfielder who currently plays for Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League.
Early life and club career
"Shabba" or "Ntho tse Monate" was born in Phiri - soweto to Isaac Tshabalala and Rebecca Hadifele Makhubu (d. 2010). Tshabalala played at the Kaizer Chiefs academy but only broke through to the senior team after spells with Alexandra United and Free State Stars. In January 2007 Chiefs brought back their own product after Ea Lla Koto was relegated to the National First Division at the end of the 2005/06 campaign. In October 2009, Tshabalala and Cesc Fabregas were the first two players to launch the new Nike CTR360 Maestri.
Tshabalala made his national team debut in a friendly against Egypt on 14 January 2006.
On 11 June 2010, gaining his 50th cap for the nation of South Africa, he scored the first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Mexico in the 55th minute. The game went on to finish at a 1–1 draw. The goal later received a nomination for goal of the year by FIFA.
- 2006 Baymed Cup winner (Stars)
- 2010 Telkom Charity Cup winner (Chiefs)
- 2009 Vodacom Challenge winner (Chiefs)
- 2008 MTN 8 winner (Chiefs)
- 2007, 2010, 2011 Telkom Knockout winner (Chiefs)
- 2010 Safa Footballer of the Year
- 2012-2013 Absa Premiership winner (Chiefs)
2013 Nedbank cup winner (Chiefs)
In 2013, TheGamingLemon, an English YouTuber from Surrey with 1.6 million subscribers, made a Fifa series based on FIFA 13. The series was called "Lemonators FC". On one episode TheGamingLemon made an intro for Tshabalala, which took him 3 hours to make, because he scored an excellent goal on the previous episode. He became popular because every time TheGamingLemon said his name he kept on saying "Tshabalalalalalalalalalala" and every time he said the name the camera angle changes every time he said the "la" of his name.
- "S. Tshabalala". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
- "Shabba ranks opening draw". Skysports.com. 11 June 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-11.
- Stevenson, Jonathan (11 June 2010). "South Africa 1–1 Mexico". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2010.
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