Former Bafana Bafana star midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has given an update on a possible return to the PSL, while ruling out the possibility of retirement.
Tshabalala, who scored the opening goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup on home soil, has confirmed that he has received numerous offers to return abroad.
The 35-year-old midfielder, who got the opportunity to further his football career in Europe after spending more than a decade with Kaizer Chiefs, says that retirement is not in his short-term plans.
“The plan was to be back on the field sooner, but I picked up an injury late last year as we were about to embark on another journey. That was a blow for me, and I recovered from the injury and as I was about to leave, we found ourselves in the situation we are currently facing (Covid-19) and I had to put everything on hold,” ‘Shabba’ told the SA Football Journalists’ Association as quoted by Soccer Laduma
“I had to understand that it can’t happen at that particular time. There was no movement, there was nothing. So I moved my focus to matters that were affecting us during that particular period, even now. I still hope that when this is all over, I will get an opportunity to be back on the field again.”
The former Free State Stars attacker also revealed where he could have been headed had it not been the Coronavirus pandemic, which forced a break on all sporting activities worldwide.
“I had offers before lockdown to play overseas – there was interest in China, Italy and there was also interest in Turkey as well,” he said.
“After all of this, one has to sit down and think if I still want to go abroad or do I want to play here at home and end my career. But the decision will be a collective one with my family. It will be a decision that will favour my family as well, we will see about that.”