Siphiwe Tshabalala admits tough season for Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates

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The experienced attacker on Monday afternoon collected the Absa Premiership Goal of the Month award for February, after his stunning free-kick against Free State Stars.

The 32-year-old Chiefs star spoke on the two Soweto sides', including rivals Orlando Pirates, struggles to put up convincing challenges for domestic silverware this season.

He referred to the stiffness in competition on the various fronts – league title, top eight and relegation – as evidence of his sentiments that many teams have found the going tough thus far.

"It's been a tough season so far. The teams that are competing for the league honours are doing well," Tshabalala told media gathered at the press conference.

"You can see even those who are fighting to be in the top eight are also doing well – it's not easy – same for those that are relegation-threatened.

"It's been tough and that shows the quality and stadard of our league and football."

With the masses always expecting the Glamour Boys and Buccaneers to dominate over their 'smaller' counterparts in the PSL, 'Shabba' argued that the big three no longer hold all the aces and the battle fields have been levelled out.

"It doesn't mean that because you're a big team you're guarenteed a chance of winning the league or any competition, at the end of the day you still need to compete," he added.

"These teams [Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Cape Town City] are working very hard and they also want to compete [for silverware], hence it's been a tough but exciting season."

Amakhosi advanced to the Nedbank Cup quarterfinals with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over minnows Acornbush United on Sunday.

Meanwhile they currently sit third in the league, trailing log leaders Wits – who still have two games in hand – by three points.