Siphiwe Tshabalala scores the primary purpose in Bafana’s opening World Cup match towards Mexico at FNB Stadium in June 2010. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Photos
Former Bafana Bafana star midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala’s surprise purpose towards Mexico in 2010 is listed as one of many prime 100 best moments in Fifa World Cup historical past.
The June 11 second is captured by Fifa as a part of the countdown to the beginning of the worldwide showpiece in Qatar, which kicks off on November 20.
Tshabalala’s superb second is documented alongside these of the sport’s best gamers, together with the late Diego Maradona of Argentina, Brazilian icon Pelé, Portuguese hero Cristiano Ronaldo and Argentine star Lionel Messi, amongst different figures who virtually single-handedly impressed their nations to particular moments at a World Cup.
On “Shabba’s” exploits, Fifa.com famous:
Within the match’s lengthy and glittering historical past, few strikes have been celebrated throughout a complete continent like Tshabalala’s opening-match thunderbolt in 2010.
The primary World Cup purpose on African soil, scored by a South African participant, would have been massively vital no matter its aesthetic enchantment. Nevertheless, this fastidiously constructed assault, rounded off with probably the most purely struck left-foot pictures, was a delight for purists in addition to partisans.
“That was at all times going to be the most important purpose in my profession, it doesn’t matter what got here after, as a result of it touched so many lives and introduced pleasure to so many individuals,” Tshabalala mentioned in 2020.
I’ll at all times adore it – it’s lovely – however the purpose is larger than me as a person.
“I get reminders and messages from individuals about it each single day, and it’s very humbling. That purpose was particular on the time, it’s particular right this moment and, for me and numerous different individuals, it is going to be particular eternally.”
The touchline dance that adopted turned virtually as well-known because the purpose itself, and mirrored a strongly held conviction among the many host crew and Tshabalala himself.
He defined: “Once they introduced the World Cup was coming to South Africa [in 2004], I used to be nowhere as a footballer. However I keep in mind telling my buddy: ‘I’ll be there in 2010, taking part in for Bafana Bafana.’ It exhibits the facility of constructive considering.
“It was the identical as the sport obtained nearer – I envisaged having a great sport and scoring a purpose. The celebration confirmed that really, as a result of it was rehearsed. We knew we have been going to attain!” – Fifa.com