Pics! FIFA World Cup Trophy Arrives In SA, Tshabalala Recall Memories

Memories of the 2010 FIFA World Cup were rekindled as the tournament trophy arrived in South Africa on Saturday, 28 May 2022 and SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan took a trip down memory lane while catching a glimpse of the iconic silverware.

Media houses and fans were in Lanseria Airport in Johannesburg when the trophy touched down courtesy of Coca-Cola and people had the opportunity to see with a naked eye a trophy that qualified countries will compete for in Qatar later this year. The sportscasters, former players and celebrities took some pictures with the silverware including Andile Ncube, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise, Mpho Letsholonyane, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, DJ Lamiez, Daniel Cardoso and etc.

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The trophy was taken to Maponya Mall in Soweto where the musicians like Daliwonga and Young Stunna performed. The SuperSport newly signed presenter Thomas Mlambo was an MC in the ceremony.

Kaizer Chiefs legend Tshabalala who scored the first goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup was happy to recall the beautiful memories.

“It’s a beautiful day, I’m quite excited with the arrival of the World Cup trophy. I think it brings back the memories of 2010 as well. Thanks to Coca-Cola for bringing the trophy so that we can so that we can be able to dream again,” Tshabalala told SABC Sports.

Shabba was asked about the recent failures of Bafana Bafana to qualify for World Cup and if we can dream to qualify again. “Obviously, we are a football loving nation, we’ve got talent, you know, we’ve got a lot of it. We just need to make sure that we always compete and play at the highest level, that’s where we belong at the top.

“We have demonstrated in the number of years that we are a country that loves winning, that can compete and it’s right time we bring back those glory days.

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Asked about what he’s busy with at the moment since he left AmaZulu in 2021. Tshabalala said: “I’m not in the field at the moment but I’m looking forward to make a come back. I’ve been very busy with my other side of work, my businesses and my foundation where we’ve been focusing mostly on KZN floods, providing relief for victims.

Asked if he would consider coaching, he said, “No, not coaching, coaching is not for me, however, I feel that I can help others realise a dream of being professional coaches at an early age. I see myself playing a role there.”

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