Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs have confirmed that veteran forward Siphiwe Tshabalala will join Turkish Super Lig side BB Erzurumspor with immediate effect.
The midfielder joined Chiefs in January 2007 from Free State Stars but due to injury, Tshabalala only made his debut against Wits on August 31 that year.
Tshabalala has played 372 games for Amakhosi and holds the record for the most appearances in a Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates since the formation of the Premier Soccer League in 1996.
The 33-year-old has won numerous trophies with the Glamour Boys, including the Absa Premiership (2012/2013, 2014/2015), the Telkom Knockout (2007, 2010, 2011), MTN8 (2008, 2014) and the Nedbank Cup (2013).
“I always wanted to play overseas, in particular in Europe and I have never been shy to talk about that,” said Tshabalala about his move to Erzurumspor as quoted by the club’s official website.
“It should have happened a long time ago, but I think that it’s God’s time. I am grateful that God is giving me this huge opportunity to showcase my talent in Europe.”
Tshabalala continued: “Kaizer Chiefs means a lot to me. Chiefs Village will always be my home and the club will be forever in my heart.
“It’s my dream to play my last game as a professional player for Kaizer Chiefs before my retirement.
“I also want to thank the supporters for their Love & Peace. It has been a great ride for almost 12 years. There have been highs, there have been lows - however, I have enjoyed every minute of it.”
Shabba leaves for Turkey— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) August 28, 2018
Captain, Siphiwe Tshabalala is leaving Kaizer Chiefs to join Turkish Super Lig side BB Erzurumspor
“I want to thanks the supporters for their Love & Peace. It has been a great ride for almost 12 years. I have enjoyed every minute of it”#ThankYouShabba pic.twitter.com/KzO0Mbs5UD