No prob­lem with Chiefs, says Xulu

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Siyanda Xulu does not hold a grudge against Kaizer Chiefs. The 25-year-old had a night­mare stay at Na­turena in his two years at Chiefs, where he only man­aged 10 ap­pear­ances.

Af­ter those stress­ful years, the cen­tre-back has now been given the op­por­tu­nity to reignite his ca­reer at Mar­itzburg United. He has signed a three-year con­tract with the KwaZulu-Natal out­fit and re­turns to his home province af­ter years in Gaut­eng and Rus­sia.

His last two years in Gaut­eng, how­ever, were an or­deal, but he says he has al­ready put them be­hind him. He says he has no hard feel­ings for what hap­pened to him at Amakhosi.

“The past two sea­sons were a dis­ap­point­ment for me. Com­ing back from over­seas af­ter hav­ing learnt so much there, I was hop­ing I would use that knowl­edge to my ad­van­tage. But it didn’t go my way, and be­ing over­looked at Chiefs is not some­thing I can blame on some­one. At the same time, I don’t want to dwell on what hap­pened there. I hold no grudge, no hard feel­ings. Per­son­ally, I think I joined the right team at the wrong time.”

The KwaMashu-born player said he was ready to re­sus­ci­tate his ca­reer at United. The Team of Choice is the first KwaZu­luNatal team Xulu will be play­ing for since he burst onto the pro­fes­sional scene at Mamelodi Sun­downs in the 2009/10 sea­son.

He said: “I’m one player who be­lieves in him­self. I trust my abil­i­ties and, given a fair chance, I will be able to com­pete. Chiefs is the past, now I’m a Mar­itzburg United player and I’m look­ing to work hard for my place. In no time I will be back to my best. I’m happy to be here, back home.”

At Sun­downs, he made 80 starts and was able to get a Bafana Bafana call-up in 2012. His form that year prompted a move to FC Ros­tov in the Rus­sian Pre­mier League‚ where he spent three sea­sons be­fore re­turn­ing to South Africa and joined Chiefs.

PHOTO: SA­MUEL SHIVAMBU / BACKPAGEPIX

HIGH HOPES Siyanda Xulu hopes that join­ing Mar­itzburg United will pave a way for him back to Bafana

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