Kaizer Chiefs talisman Siphiwe Tshabalala is nearing his return to full fitness following an appearance for the side’s reserve team this weekend.
The midfielder recently returned to training having undergone knee surgery that had kept him out for a lengthy period. Now back on his feet, the 31-year-old’s fitness was tested in the reserve side’s match against Ajax Cape Town.
The player looked back to his best as he netted the winner for his the Amakhosi in a 1-0 victory.
‘It felt great to be back. It was my first game in four months and I’m happy especially with the goal and the contribution I made. I’m still a work in progress, I’m not there yet in terms of fitness but so far so good, Tshabalala told KickOff.
The midfielder expressed delight at his goal – a brilliantly taken volley which had left Jody February no chance in the Ajax goal.
‘It’s a confidence booster. It was a well-taken goal, a great cross from ‘Jomo’ [Itumeleng Shopane], I was in a good position and the technique was great – it is not easy scoring a volley and I’m happy,’ he admitted.
Tshabalala is well aware that the Glamour Boys have endured a difficult start to the season but is confident the senior side will come good if they become slightly more clinical.
‘We just need to convert our chances and make sure we don’t concede. But it is coming even though it is very slow, but it will come. We know that we can do better, we have to do better.’
Chiefs are next in action when they face Highlands Park on Wednesday.
The match gets underway from Makhulong Stadium at 19:30.