New AmaZulu signing Siphiwe Tshabalala says he never thought of retirement despite two years out of the game, adding that he had a number of offers from overseas before signing for Usuthu.
The 36-year-old was named among nine other new signings by the KZN club on Monday, with the likes of ex-Orlando Pirates duo of Luvuyo Memela and Augustine Mulenga, as well as Limbikani Mzava and another ex-Chiefs forward, Siphelele Mthembu, all also signing.
Shabba, however, has been without a club since returning to South Africa from a stint at Turkish side BB Erzurumspor, which he last played for in May 2019 but says he is in good shape.
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‘I have been working very hard, obviously doing virtual training. I trained a lot just to make sure that I am in good physical condition,’ Shabba told the media.
‘Not yet [thinking of retiring as a player after a year not playing], I didn’t even sleep my mind. I had quite a number of offers mostly from abroad. For me it was to make a decision and I always say that things happen for a reason. I’m happy with the decision that I took.
‘I am here because I want to be here and not because I have to be here. I am coming to a team that has been struggling in the league, I think for six or seven seasons, in terms of always fighting against relegation.
‘So, it’s a challenge for me and I am up to the challenge as well. I want to work, I want to do my best and help the team as well, so I’m looking forward to this challenge.
‘[I will keep on playing] as long as I am still happy on the field. As long as I still wake up in the morning with a smile, then I will keep going. The day I wake up with back pains and a sad face that’s when I will stop.
‘I’m still hungry. As long as I am still on the field, I won’t lose the hunger in me. I won’t lose the child in me, I will always challenge myself.’
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