It truly is a rarity that football boots are brought up in country’s national parliament, but sure enough, in an address to the South African parliament' SAFA Chief Leslie Sedibe announced that Tshabalala’s boots will be displayed by the SAFA at their headquarters.
Tshabalala’s Nike CTR360 Elite football boots were worn by the Kaizer Chiefs man when he bagged the opening goal of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Mexico, and will now be a little piece of history at the SAFA HQ, as part of a mini-museum of the best moments of South Africa’s first major football tournament.
”We are documenting the best moments in Africa˘ first ever World Cup and Tshabalala himself knows that the boots no longer belong to him but the nation as a whole because they symbolise a historic moment for this country,” said Sedibe.
”We have communicated that to him and he fully understands where we are coming from with this. That strike was a moment that sent the whole country into celebration and we want it to continue being exhibited for the remainder of our lifetime.”
Now, we reckon that’s probably the highest accolade a pair of football boots can possibly achieve!