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/Winger
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 14
Youth career
1991–1994 Phiri Arsenal
1994–1997 Phiri Movers
1997–2002 Kaizer Chiefs
2002–2003 Moroka Swallows
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Alexandra United 26 (7)
2004–2007 Free State Stars 64 (31)
2007– Kaizer Chiefs 207 (33)
National team
2006– South Africa 90 (12)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2015.
† 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 90 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[edit]

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.[2]

Club career[edit]

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.[3] At the time, Tshabalala was then sidelined for six months due to a serious knee injury.[4]

2007–08 season[edit]

Tshabalala eventually made his debut in a 1–0 loss to Bidvest Wits on 31 August 2007.[5] Tshabalala made his Soweto derby debut on November 24, 2007 in a 2–2 draw.[6] 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.[7] He scored his first Chiefs goal on 12 December 2007 in a 4–2 win over Golden Arrows.[8]

2008–09 season[edit]

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.[9]


In October 2009, Tshabalala and Arsenal's Cesc Fàbregas were the first two players to launch the new Nike CTR360 Maestri boots.[10]

International career[edit]

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,[11] 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.[12] The goal later received a nomination for goal of the year by FIFA.

Personal life[edit]

Tshabalala's mother Rebecca Hadifele "Hadi" Makhubu (1965–2010) died 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.[13] 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.[14]

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 FIFA World Cup qualification
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)

Style of play[edit] 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".[15]


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