Siphiwe Tshabalala

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Siphiwe Tshabalala
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Tshabalala playing for South Africa at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala[1]
Date of birth (1984-09-25) 25 September 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 14
Youth career
Phiri Arsenal
Phiri Movers
Kaizer Chiefs juniors
Moroka Swallows juniors
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Alexandra United 26 (7)
2004–2007 Free State Stars 64 (31)
2007– Kaizer Chiefs 181 (29)
National team
2006– South Africa 90 (12)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

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.

Since making his debut in 2006, Tshabalala has scored 12 goals in 81 matches for South Africa, at three African Cup of Nations and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, at which he scored the first goal.

Early life and club career[edit]

"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.[2] In October 2009, Tshabalala and Cesc Fabregas were the first two players to launch the new Nike CTR360 Maestri.[3]

International career[edit]

Tshabalala made his national team debut in a friendly against Egypt on 14 January 2006.

He was part of the South African squad at 2006 African Nations Cup, 2008 African Nations Cup and the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

On 11 June 2010, gaining his 50th cap for the nation of South Africa,[4] 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.[5] The goal later received a nomination for goal of the year by FIFA.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 26 March 2008 Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium Atteridgeville, South Africa  Paraguay 3–0 3–0 Friendly
2 11 October 2008 Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea  Equatorial Guinea 1–0 1–0 2010 WCQ
3 28 March 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa  Norway 2–1 2–1 Friendly
4 27 January 2010 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Zimbabwe 1–0 3–0 Friendly
5 31 March 2010 Estadio Defensores del Chaco Asunción, Paraguay  Paraguay 1–1 1–1 Friendly
6 16 May 2010 Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit, South Africa  Thailand 1–0 4–0 Friendly
7 11 June 2010 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Mexico 1–0 1–1 2010 FIFA World Cup
8 10 August 2011 Ellis Park Stadium Johannesburg, South Africa  Burkina Faso 2–0 3–0 Friendly
9 15 June 2012 Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit, South Africa  Gabon 1–0 3–0 Friendly
10 22 December 2012 Moses Mabhida Stadium Durban, South Africa  Malawi 2–0 3–1 Friendly
11 8 June 2013 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Central African Republic 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
12 17 August 2013 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Burkina Faso 1–0 2–0 Friendly


2013 Nedbank cup winner (Chiefs)

Internet fame[edit]

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.

Tshabalala returned on the FIFA 15 series and was announced the "mascot" of Lemonators FC. Tshabalala also made a cameo on TheGamingLemon: GTA V: A day in life of Franklin.


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