Siphiwe Tshabalala of looks on during the Soweto Derby against Orlando Pirates. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

DURBAN- Siphiwe Tshabalala is set to sign new two-year deal with Kaizer Chiefs on Thursday.

Shabba’s current contract with Amakhosi is due to expire in June but such is his value to the club that despite his ripe old age of 33, the club has seen it fit to give him two more years.

“Shabba was suppose to sign the new contract on Wednesday, but the meeting was postponed to Thursday," a source close to the deal told The Star. "He is going to extend his contract by two seasons."

The deal, said the source, is a slap in the face of the generally held notions that local clubs don't care for old players.

"I’ve heard people saying that once you reach 30 at Chiefs you don’t get a lengthy extension. But that is clearly not the case here because Shabba, his agent and club bosses will meet at 10am to sign the new deal."

The talented left-footer has been with Amakhosi since 2007, having joined them after impressing while still at Free State Stars.

His time at Chiefs has seen him win all trophies on offer in the elite domestic league. He's won the league titles twice, the MTN8 on two occasions, three Telkom Knockout titles as well as the odd Nedbank Cup.

Coach Steve Komphela has continuously spoken of how key Tshabalala is to Amakhosi, given his vast experience.

The Star

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