Lawrence Siphiwe Tshabalala, is a South African professional football midfielder who plays for and captains Kaizer Chiefs in the Premier Soccer League.
Tshabalala being one of the most well known and most decorated South African footballers of his generation, was the first player to make his international debut while still playing in the National First Division.
At 90 caps and counting, he is the second most capped player of the South African National Team and played at three African Cup of Nations editions and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, at which he scored the first goal on 11 June 2010 which was nominated for the FIFA Puskás Award.
In August 2015, Tshabalala’s 40-yard volley received Internet recognition and received 70,000 hits in its first 60 minutes of being uploaded in England.
The altruistic Amakhosi star is making a public appeal to PSL players to donate one percent of their wage to football charities globally.
The Soweto born soccer player wants players to sign up to the Common Goal initiative, whose ambition is to filter the money to over 120 grassroot football charities in 80 countries around the world.
The movement, set up by streetfootballworld, have estimated that football’s total revenues equal $30 billion (R401,466,978,780) a year, and would like to take one per cent of that for the greater good.
“What we’re trying to do is define a shared social agenda for football,” Tshabalala explained. “Common Goal goes beyond individual brands and egos to deliver a greater impact. By making the pledge, we can form a lasting connection between football as a business and football as a tool for social change.”
Tshabalala is now looking to assemble a ‘starting XI’ of like-minded players who make the one per cent pledge to lead the movement forward.
He added: “One of the first lessons I learned in football is that it takes a team to win a game.
“We live by this mantra on the pitch, yet we rarely see it play out in the social impact space, which is dominated by individual initiatives. Through Common Goal we’re creating a collaborative way for football to give back to society. I urge my fellow players to get involved,” said the Play maker.