At 33-years of age, Erzurumspor midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is still hopeful to return to South Africa one day and finish his playing career at Kaizer Chiefs.
Tshabalala joined Turkish side Erzurumspor from Amakhosi a fortnight ago and while he appears to be in the evening of his career, his recent interview with Soccer Laduma suggested this isn’t the case.
The former Bafana star, who signed a two-year contract with Erzurumspor with the option to extend it for an additional year, still harbors hopes of playing again for his boyhood favorites, the Glamour Boys, once his time in Turkey is up.
Revealing details of conversations he had with chairperson Kaizer Motaung and football manager Bobby Motaung, Tshabalala told the weekly publication:
“Funnily enough, while I spoke to them separately, they both had the same parting message.”
“They both said, ‘This is your home, you go there, you have problems, you come back here. This is your home. Even if you’re going away for five years or more, this will always be your home.’
“I told them, ‘Chiefs will always be my home and I want to come back here. My wish is to come back and retire at Chiefs. Whether I come back at 45 or what, my wish is to play my last official game in Chiefs colours.'”
Tshabalala signed for Chiefs from Free State Stars in January 2007, establishing himself as a stalwart for Amakhosi and the South African national team during that time.
Despite revealing that they urged him to come back should he experience problems, Tshabalala thanked Kaizer and Bobby Motaung for ensuring that his dream move to Europe worked smoothly.