Xulu has been in good form in pre-season ahead of the second half of the campaign and was rewarded with place in the starting line-up for the 0-0 draw with Alania.
He will hope for a big second half of the season to push his national team ambitions, having missed out on a place in the squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Thulani Serero was a late substitute for Ajax Amsterdam as they moved to the top of the Dutch League standings with a 3-0 win over PEC Zwolle. Kamohelo Mokotjo was again on the bench for Feyenoord.
May Mahlangu was in action for his Swedish side Helsingborg as they won 5-0 over Varberg on Sunday. If was not such a good weekend for Bradley Ralani as his second-tier side Landskrona lost 3-0 in the same competition to Mjallby.
Right-back Ayanda Nkili was also on the losing side with his side Orebro as they lost 1-0 to Falkenberg FF.
Steven Pienaar suffered bitter disappointment when his Everton side were beaten 3-0 at home by Wigan Athletic in the English FA Cup quarter-finals.
Kgosi Ntlhe completed his comeback from injury for English Championship side Peterborough United when he came on midway through the second half of their 0-0 draw with Ipswich Town. The 19-year-old left-back had not played since November with a broken ankle.
Kagisho Dikgacoi was back in midfield for Crystal Palace as they battled back to force a 2-2 home draw with Leeds United. Dikgacoi had played at right-back in the midweek win over Hull City.
Dean Furman was a late substitute for Oldham Athletic as they lost 1-0 at Tranmere Rovers to stay firmly rooted in the relegation zone in League One.
Anele Ngcongca was rested by Genk in his side's 3-2 victory over Gent, but Darren Keet was in goal for Kortrijk in their 1-0 loss at Lierse, who were without Daylon Claasen after the Bafana midfielder picked up a hamstring injury in midweek.
Bafana skipper Bongani Khumalo was back in the starting line-up for Greek top-flight side PAOK as they won 2-1 at Platanias to stay in third.
There were wins for Dino Ndlovu and Dani Amos in Israeli as their Maccabi Haifa and Ironi Kiryat Shmona claimed 2-1 and 2-0 victories respectively. Haifa are in second and Shmona third in the League.