Kaizer Chiefs legend Tshabalala reveals how he managed his money

Kaizer Chiefs legend Tshabalala reveals how he managed his money

Kaizer Chiefs fans absolutely adored Tshabalala as intensely as the likes of Itumeleng Khune and Reneilwe Letsholonyane – and Shabba could be loved even more for his financial responsibility.


Unlike many many players before his time and his contemporaries, Shabba did not face financial ruins after leaving Kaizer Chiefs and his last club AmaZulu.


The former Free State Stars player has revealed he has always kept solid financial discipline since the day he became professional.

During a chat with Soccer Laduma’s Tshepang Mailwane in Wednesday’s newspaper, the Soweto-born player said he started saving money he was earning R200 at Alexandra United.

“The minute I turned professional, that’s when I started planning for life after football,” the Kaizer Chiefs legend said.

“I did not wait to earn five digits to start saving. I started when I was earning R200 at Alexandra United, to save the little that I could.

“Since then, I never stopped saving. I knew at some point there are going to be rainy days, and at some point this career is going to end and at some point, I’m going to have kids.

“Money is important. It carries and gives you the freedom to do the things you want to do and at your own time as well.”


According to the 37-year-old Shabba, he has been essentially without a club after his failed move from Amakhosi to AmaZulu last season.

Having no club to your name often means financial disaster and desolation for most local players, but not this former Kaizer Chiefs winger.

Shabba added to say that he has been able to provide for his wife and kids even though he is not attached to any club.

“I started investing from a long time ago. I am happy with the financial decisions I have made because right now they are paying off.

“I’ve not been playing for a while now but I am able to take care of myself and my family, you know.

“My advice to youngsters is that they should start now. You save first and then spend what’s life. You must respect life. You must value life and you must value money,” the Kaizer Chiefs legend concluded.

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