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'Siyanda Xulu came to Kaizer Chiefs for Bafana place' says father Christopher

Posted: 14 June 2016 Time: 14:46

Siyanda Xulu’s father says his son’s main reason for joining Kaizer Chiefs was to play for Bafana Bafana again, while his agent comments on his future.

Things have not worked out for the former Mamelodi Sundowns defender, who recently received the news that he has been transfer-listed after an underwhelming season curtailed by injuries.

The 24-year-old was given a five-year bumper contract last year as Chiefs signed him from Russia as a replacement for star captain Tefu Mashamaite, who left the club to join BK Hacken in Sweden.

“It was one of the reasons why he returned to the country because at Bafana Bafana they call players who are active and playing week in, week out,” Xulu Snr tells

“But when he was stuck in Europe it was difficult for him to return to Bafana Bafana, so from my side he needs to continue working hard and there is not any other way because he was signed by the club and it is work.

“But we [as a family] will remain supportive to him because even if he can go to play for AmaZulu we will support him as it was the case with Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Having said, we were happy when he returned to the country and was welcomed by Chiefs because it was the team we are supporting. But I tell him there is plenty of time Chiefs gave him, and he needs to work and never give up.”

Meanwhile, Xulu’s agent Paul Mitchell declined to comment on whether he has received any enquiries for Xulu since he was transfer-listed.

“Listen, we are not doing anything at the moment, it is what it is and we are not doing any media … we are not going to comment at this stage,” Mitchell says.

“I’m sorry I can’t give you more because Siyanda’s case is a little bit of a delicate situation so I’m doing it in a professional way. The more I’m in the media talking, the worse it can be also.”

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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