Xulu kicks off second spell in Europe

SA Players Abroad

Former Maritzburg United defender Siyanda Xulu made his debut for Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel on Monday evening.

Xulu made his first appearance for the Israeli Premier League club on Monday when he started and played 56 minutes during the club's 0-0 (4-1) penalty shootout defeat to Maccabi Petah Tikva in the Toto Cup.

The result brought a close to Hapoel's disappointing cup campaign, which saw the club end in 10th place in the competition's classifications after winning just once across their four matches in the tournament.

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Xulu will have taken heart from keeping a clean sheet on his debut, however, and could be in action again this weekend when the club kicks off its league campaign with a trip to Hapoel Kfar Saba on Saturday.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs defender officially joined Hapoel just six days ago, after his contract with the Team of Choice expired at the end of June, and signed a two-year deal with the 13-time league champions.

Xulu, who previously spent three years on the books of Russian Premier League side FC Rostov, has occupied one of the club's six available foreign-player slots, alongside Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Boateng.

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