Kaizer Chiefs held the attention of the Mzansi Diski fraternity yet again as they called together pen carrying football writing professionals from across the kingdom for the unveiling of their new batch of signings. The press conference caught the attention of many for a myriad of reasons, and the misspelling of names may not have come high on the agenda for some of those whose senses were intrigued by some of the names unveiled; one deal to have caught our attention during the unveiling was the transfer of a player whose arrival at Kaizer Chiefs may have been the worst kept secret in Soweto over the past few weeks. Siyanda Xulu has been dubbed the replacement to former skipper Tefu Mashamaite and the man tasked with forging yet another strong central defensive partnership alongside central defensive lynchpin Mulomowandau Erick “Tower” Mathoho. Those are extremely gigantic boots for the talented former Kaizer Chiefs academy apprentice to fill, yet he has the experience and ability to excel for the club whilst hopefully earning his spot back in the Bafana setup and a one-way ticket abroad where his level of talent dictates he deserves to be playing.
Siyanda Xulu’s club and international career had reached the point of stagnation and a change needed to be made if the 23 year old was to ensure that his career is back on track before he enters his peak years in two seasons time, spending a season on the bench or starved for first team football was not going to cut it and the journey home seemed to be more of a welcomed revelation than a disappointment for a footballer that had even the great Arsené Wenger raving about his potential after attending a weeklong trial under the watchful eye of the legendary gaffer at the clubs London Colney training ground. While he may have not gone down as the best towering South African central defender to ever play for FC Rostov, Siyanda gained valuable experience from his stay abroad and it only bodes well for his future in football as he has become a better and far more developed footballer because of his experiences. There is no shame in failure, the shame only comes when one never makes an attempt to begin with; Siyanda gave it a good shot at establishing himself as a European level footballer and the dice did not roll his way this time around, Lord willing, the lad will earn another chance at becoming a star overseas and also establish himself as one of the quintessential central defenders in his talented and determined generation of footballers.
DoB: December 30th, 1991 (23)
PoB: KwaMashu, Durban Kwa-Zulu Natal; South Africa
Caps & Goals: 4 Caps
Position/s: Stopper Central Defender, Cover Central Defender, Ball-Playing Defender
Height: 1, 89m
Preferred Foot: Right
Club: Kaizer Chiefs
Club Jersey No: #5
Club Appearances & Goals: 110 Apps, 4 Goals
Development Academy: Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns
Former Clubs: Mamelodi Sundowns, FC Rostov
Market Value: R 11 050 000
GSV Deal Grader: Katlego Mphela to SuperSport United from RC Strasbourg (4/5)
FC Rostov and Russian football’s loss has been to the gain of Kaizer Chiefs and Mzansi Diski as one of our prodigal sons return home to open arms as he attempt to rebuild his career and add even more depth while bringing glory to his redeveloping national and club sides. The financial standard of the PSL has continually improved and there will have been no shortage of suitors for Xulu’s signature, Kaizer Chiefs have pulled off a massive signing and they have thrown their name in the hat early for the GSV Golden Cheque award with his marquee signing that promises to keep their fans quiet about losing Tefu for a tad bit. As far as transfer deals go, this could rank as one of the most important signings made by the time we reach the culmination of the forthcoming ABSA Premiership season, one does not need to be blessed with telepathic vision or great hindsight to see good things on the horizon for all parties involved if this deal is anything to go by.