Former Kaizer Chiefs winger and captain Siphiwe Tshabalala has opened up about the difficulties he went through during his time with Turkish side Erzurumspor BB.
After leaving the PSL for Europe at the age of 33, Shabba admits it was completely different when he first arrived at Erzurumspor, especially from a tactical point of view as the club relied more on physical battle than playing the ball.
He said that side was completely different because when you play on Sunday, during the week you just train and you don’t have tactical sessions.
While Tshabalala admits it was a dream come true to get the opportunity to ply his trade abroad, he admits it was difficult not playing week-in, week-out.
Shabba said he was willing to go back to Turkey and honour his contract with Erzurumspor even after they got relegated but they couldn’t reach an agreement when negotiating new terms for his contract.
Furthermore, the former South Africa international star revealed that at times he was unpaid for three months at Erzurumspor and that’s when he decided to terminate the contract and come back to South Africa.