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The stage was set at the FNB Stadium

This past Saturday all roads led to the FNB stadium for yet another Soweto Derby clash between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs. This was not just an ordinary derby; it was a cup final match for the Telkom Knockout Cup. Kaizer Chiefs aka “Amakhosi” stapled their authority over rivals Orlando Pirates by shocking the “Happy people” with 3 goals to 0. Kaizer Chiefs founder and chairperson Kaizer Motaung Snr said: “I did not expect 3 goals from this match. We came here thinking the team that wins will win by 1 goal”. Well, Kaizer was surprised by his boys who seemed to be in control of the match that went as far as to ridicule Pirates in front of 91 727 fans.

Game Over: Chiefs players celebrate on the field


With one of Kaizer Chiefs biggest fans

On a rather sad note…celebrations for Kaizer Chiefs star player Siphiwe Tshabalala and his family were short lived as just hours after the huge victory (which he then dedicated to his sick mother), his mother Ms Rebecca Hadifele Tshabalala passed away. She was in hospital for over a week and (I believe) held on to see the last bit of joy her son brought not only to football fans but to their family as well. I have known Siphiwe and the Tshabalala’s for a while now and it makes it very hard to pen this down L. However, what I know for sure is that Siphiwe’s mother was proud of her son and that great 3rd goal for Chiefs he scored hours before her death was the best send off he could have given her. Rebecca Hadifele Tshabalala not only raised and groomed one of South Africa’s best soccer stars but she also lived to witness him make history and reach his dreams.

With  Siphiwe Tshabalala

If you are not familiar with who Siphiwe Tshabalala is… “google him”. He is one of South Africa’s best soccer players. He scored the first goal ever of the 2010 FIFA World Cup at Soccer City/FNB stadium in the opening game against Mexico. Tshabalala was also honoured with the Footballer of the Year award at the 2010 South African Football Association (SAFA) awards held on the 3rd December (2 days before his mothers passing).

Kaizer Chiefs proud coach Vladimir Vermezovic went on to say on the Coca-Cola Soccer Zone show this past Monday (6th Dec) that he salutes Tshabalala’s character of courage for going on to play in the weekends game while his mother was in hospital. “His character boosted the whole team and led them to a great victory”.

On behalf of FaraiToday, I would like to take this time to call out all the soccer fans, Amakhosi fans, and anyone else who has been touch by the moments “Shabba” has created to join in prayer for the Tshabalala family. May the soul of Rebecca Hadifele Tshabalala rest in peace.

Images* courtesy of Backpagepix and Gallo Images

From your girl Allegro Dinkwanyane-“I’m just saying, with a sore heart”, so have your say.


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I’m a passionate writer, who enjoys writing and informing people as well as learning new things. I love sports, the arts and music. I am a sports presenter of UJfm 95.4 as well as other things. Simply put, I am a dynamic young lady who wants to bring about chnage and have an impact in both the media industry and in people’s lives.

Allegro – who has written posts on Farai Today.

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  • Zipho

    I would like to pass my condolencies to Shabalala’s family for losing their mother, may god be with you through this difficult time we will be always be with you in our prayers.

    Zipho Msweli

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  • Pnyumbane

    Kaizer chiefs are the conquerers of Africa……..I Love you boys