Cape Town - After more than a decade of stellar service at Kaizer Chiefs, midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has joined Turkish Super Lig side BB Erzurumspor.
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The 33-year-old joined the Glamour Boys in 2007 from Free State Stars and has picked up two league titles, including the Telkom Knockout (2007, 2010, 2011), MTN8 (2008, 2014) and the Nedbank Cup (2013).
He has also made 91 appearances for the national side and returned to the Bafana Bafana setup last year for a crucial World Cup qualifier after a three year absence.
It's been no secret over the past week or two that Tshabalala has been linked with a move to Turkey, and the news was made official on Tuesday.
The confirmed move sent the South African public and football fraternity into a frenzy on Twitter as they showed appreciation for the vevteran midfielder.
See all the reactions below:
People can say what they want about Siphiwe Tshabalala and his current form, but I still think he’s got plenty to give.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) August 28, 2018
One of the best left foots in SA, an immaculate first touch and an attitude and professionalism that’s second to none. He deserves his chance overseas. Kudos. pic.twitter.com/QYu6MsAqBQ
Siphiwe Tshabalala looks set to leave Kaizer Chiefs after 11 years of service. As a Amakhosi fan, I would love to take the opportunity to thank him for everything he has given us #PSL #AbsaPrem #AbsaPremiership #Amakhosi4Life #KaizerChiefs #SSFootball #SSDiski #SLInt #SLLive pic.twitter.com/SxFy2ZcofQ— Shakes Rampedi (@ShakesRampedi) August 23, 2018
To every critic of this Siphiwe Tshabalala move from Chiefs..may u read and heal ? Congra to the lad... God's plan ?? pic.twitter.com/jHPPz9vVDz— Gwazela (@Becks_Singwane) August 28, 2018
11. Siphiwe Tshabalala goal brought the whole of the world together with the explosion of the start of the 2010 World Cup. Peter Drury absolute legend. Bafana Bafana Goal for South Africa, Goal for all of Africa. Goosebumps. pic.twitter.com/d1HV3QNTLD— ?? (@EMashalane1) August 23, 2018
Not seeing Siphiwe Tshabalala in the PSL is going to take some time getting used to. What a great player, even at 33 years of age.— SHAI (@Shaistah_K) August 28, 2018
Siphiwe Tshabalala is proof that "Delayed does not mean denied.." pic.twitter.com/e4nQbtyRza— Baby Blue (@lebogangmphogo) August 28, 2018
Did a quick 10 minute research on the team "Siphiwe Tshabalala" is going to play For. hai looks like Shabba will be playing for the Maritsburg United of the Turkish League.???? pic.twitter.com/ZKf2PZ3oXj— Believe In YourSelf® (@Neo_Ungasabi) August 28, 2018
Siphiwe Tshabalala , In your prime you always punished my team Orlando Pirates and in the name of the beautiful game i hated you for that . but at the end of the day i got nothing but respect for you, you are a true professional. All the best on your next move Shabba— Nailler (@Nailler_Mzbee) August 28, 2018
Good luck siphiwe Tshabalala on way to Turkey makes us proud has u made kaizer chiefs n mzantsi proud God be with u.— Tshele Mosia (@tshele_mosia) August 28, 2018
Siphiwe Tshabalala gave his all to Kaizer Chiefs. I don't have a single bad word towards that man. Incredible player and an example. ♥— coochie panhandler (@DeeIsASinner) August 28, 2018
I thoroughly enjoyed #SiphiweTshabalala ‘s goal against Mexico in the opening game of the World Cup 2010 in South Africa.— Vuslat Bayoglu (@VuslatBayoglu) August 28, 2018
I am happy to hear that he is going to play for @erzurumspor , the football team of the city I was born. https://t.co/gj5UHaTJ19
A fond farewell and hearty congratulations to our very own Siphiwe Tshabalala. Africa wishes you all the best of luck as you move onto the next journey. ??????— MABUNDA MAYANA (@MMayanaZA) August 28, 2018
If you ever thought it's too late to achieve your dreams, just look at Siphiwe Tshabalala, 33+ years old and realising his European dream— S3LLO Makua (@kanyane23) August 28, 2018