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Moves for Bafana stars Tshabalala,Morris, van Heerden

[Posted 23 Jul 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Tshabalala pictured here celebrating a goal against Mexico

Three Bafana Bafana players have made movements in Europe, albeit moving to less popular leagues in the world, but its such a dream come true particularly for Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Siphiwe "Shabba" Tshabalala is reportedly on his way out of Naturena to Steaua Bucharest in Romania after his handlers and club Kaizer Chiefs have tentatively agreed on the sale of the player, in a deal believed to be in the region of R5 million. 

An elated Steaua coach Victor Piturca is already celebrating the capture of Shabba. Piturca has told journalists that the negotiations with Chiefs have been completed and is confident that all that ios left is for the transfer fee to be transferred into Chiefs' account. This will pave way, according to the Bucharest coach, for Shabba to catch the first plane to Romania and turn out for Bucharest during the 2010/2011 season.

Steaua Bucharest finished last season on 4th position on the Romanian top-flight log and have since qualified for the Europa league this coming season. Playing in European competition will do the talented attacking midfielder a world of good.

Shabba made history when he scored the first goal for the South Africa 2010 World Cup when he fired a second half goal to give South Africa a 1-0 lead against Mexico at the Soccer City Stadium. The match eventually ended 1-all.

Meanwhile, two other South Africans who have had flirtations with Bafana Bafana but failed to make it for the World Cup final 23 have secured moves.

Morris signs a deal in Cyprus

Nasief Morris, whose future has been in limbo following revelations that his Greek club Panaithinaikos had released him and became a free agent, has just secured a move to the less popular and less glamorous world of Cpriot football. Morris has now signed for former Cypriot champions  Apollon Limassol, and details of the deal are still sketchy at this stage.

Morris had a succesful loan deal at Recreativo Huelva in Spain in the 2008/09 season, but fell on hard times the following season when he joined Racing Santander. A mixture of injuries, visa problems limited his club appearances in the 2009/2010 season and contributed to him losing out on a dream place at the just ended 2010 World Cup.

van Heerden pens down a one year deal with Westerlo

From Turkey, it is reported that the one-time Bafana favourite attacking midfielder Elrio van Heerden has secured a move to Belgian top-flight club Westerlo for the 2010/2011 season. 

The deal which van Heerden has signed with the Belgian club is a one year contract, with an option for renewal at the end of the season.

Van Heerden arrived back in Turkey after being signed by former Sivasspor coach Muhsin Ertugral, who subsequently resigned from his post after a few months due to bad results. The resignation of Ertugral affected the player badly as the new coach did not favour playing van Heerden, leading to the player being released by Sivasspor in May.

When van Heerden arrived at Sivasspor, he was returning to Belgium from an unsuccesful stay in England with Blackburn Rovers. He had previously played in Belgium for Club Brugge where his star shone brightly earning him a dream move to Ewood Park in the English premiership .

Both Morris and van Heerden will be hoping that their moves will persuade new Bafana coach Pitso Mosimane to give them another chance to stake claims for the Bafana jersey especially in the forthcoming 2012 African Nations Cup qualifiers due to start in September this year.


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