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Cyril Nzama urges Kaizer Chiefs’ Siyanda Xulu to remain upbeat

Posted: 5 June 2016 Time: 16:22

Cyril Nzama has urged defender Siyanda Xulu not to become discouraged after being placed on the transfer list at Kaizer Chiefs.

Xulu returned to the country last year following a spell at Russian side FC Rostov, signing for the then PSL champions following the departure of captain Tefu Mashamaite.

The defender however failed to cement a regular place in Steve Komphela’s starting eleven as number of injuries added to a less-than-impressive 2015/16 season, as he was placed on the club’s transfer list along with five other players, as announced earlier this week.

Former Amakhosi defender Nzama, who was part of Kaizer Chiefs side that won the two League titles in 2003 and 2005, acknowledges the news will have been a bitter pill for Xulu to swallow, but urges him not to drop his head.

"People should understand when you are being transfer-listed that doesn’t mean you are out and no longer training with the team, but you can still form part of the team going forward,’’ Nzama told KickOff.com.

"You are on transfer until someone shows interest in you, makes an offer and then you can leave after an agreement is reached. Yet is also happens that a player is removed from the transfer list when someone in the team gets an injury, so I think he should put his head up.”

Nzama feels Xulu is a good player who still has a lot to offer.

"He’s an experienced player,’’ he said. “He has played in Europe and knows the ins and outs of football. I had the privilege of speaking to him and he’s a strong boy.

"You can see he has grown up mentally and football-wise, and he is a very strong player.

"But my message to him is that he needs to put his head up and just focus in football, so all is not lost and anything can happen.’’  

Nzama highlighted the pressure on players who turn out for a team as big as Chiefs, especially in Xulu’s case following the club’s 2014/15 campaign.

"When you play for a big club like Kaizer Chiefs, there is a lot at stake,’’ he said.

"I was there myself … there’s pressure on the team to perform and you as the individual to perform. It was worse in Siyanda’s case because he came when the team had just won trophies.

“But like I said before, he’s a big player now and he will take it going forward.’’

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Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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