Siphiwe Tshabalala admits he is delighted to have become the outright Soweto Derby appearance record holder, but feels he could never have achieved it without the help of everyone involved at Kaizer Chiefs.
The veteran midfielder made his derby debut back in 2007, and racked up his 23rd appearance in South Africa’s showpiece match on Saturday, edging one ahead of Orlando Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi.
And, although he was unable to mark the occasion with victory, after this past weekend’s clash finished goalless, Tshabalala was still able to take plenty of pride from the achievement, while also thanking all those who helped him reach such heights.
He said: “I feel very honoured I would like to thank God, my family and everyone that has played a role in my success, in my journey.
“I didn’t walk this journey alone and thanks to all the players and my coaches, past and present. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity I have been given.
“The derby is about two big teams facing each other. It about the hype, the debate from the fans and huge history.”
Shabba, commenting on the game, said it was not easy but he and his team-mates are thrilled to have gained a point, which leaves them 11 points clear at the top of the Premiership standings.
He added: “It was a great game. I think I gave it my all. We always know how difficult Orlando Pirates are. We did our best and created good chances but unfortunately we could not get to score. Nevertheless, we are happy with the point that we got.”