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)|
|2004–2007||Free State Stars||64||(31)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 April 2015.
† 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.
Tshabalala was born on 29 September 1984 in Phiri to Isaac Tshabalala and Rebecca Makhubu. Tshabalala grew up around his grandparents, cousins and siblings all in one house and his father was the breadwinner and worked as a taxi driver.
Tshabalala played at the Kaizer Chiefs academy but only broke through to the senior team after spells with Alexandra United and Free State Stars/Qwaqwa 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. At the time, Tshabalala was then sidelined for six months due to a serious knee injury.
Tshabalala eventually made his debut in a 1–0 loss to Bidvest Wits on 31 August 2007. Tshabalala made his Soweto derby debut on November 24, 2007 in a 2–2 draw. Tshabalala played his first ever cup final on 1 December 2007 in the Telkom Knockout winning after a penalty shootout against Mamelodi Sundowns and played the full 120 minutes. He scored his first Chiefs goal on 12 December 2007 in a 4–2 win over Golden Arrows.
Tshabalala continued to consistently deliver good performances, winning him the Player and Players’ Player of the Year at the Kaizer Chiefs Awards Ceremony. He also picked up the Website Player of the Year, Goal of the Season and Readers’ Choice awards. All-and-all Tshabalala left the awards with R170 000 in prize-money, as well as a Nissan X-Trail.
Tshabalala was one of the first players to be called up to the national team while still playing in the National First Division.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, 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.
Tshabalala's mother Rebecca Hadifele "Hadi" Makhubu (1965–2010) passed away on Sunday, 5 December 2010 after a head injury after falling at a bridal shower which she was attending with Tshabalala's father Isaac. She was buried at the Avalon Cemetery, Soweto. The funeral was attended by notable figures such as Pitso Mosimane, Jimmy Tau, Morgan Gould and many others. Tshabalala's first child, a boy, was born on February 6, 2015 by former Miss SA, Bokang Montjane whom he had been dating since 2012.
- 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)
Style of play
Goal.com describes Tshabalala as "a tricky winger with pace and can deliver fantastic crosses. His left boot can pack a powerful shot and he is a great option for set pieces as he has the ability to bend the ball".
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- Stevenson, Jonathan (11 June 2010). "South Africa 1–1 Mexico". BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2010.