A former Kaizer Chiefs defender has come out to explain why he has struggled during his time with Kaizer Chiefs. Despite being one of the highest paid players at the club, Siyanda Xulu had few struggles with the Soweto giants back then. The center back was snapped up by the Soweto giants’ youth academy in 2008 to join their development side before moving to Mamelodi Sundowns the year after (2009).
The former Bafana defender returned to his parent club Kaizer Chiefs in 2015 following some time with Russian side FC Rostov. Xulu parted ways with Chiefs again, this time to join Maritzburg United before heading abroad once again to join Hapoel Tel Aviv, where he currently plies his trade to date.
Siyanda Xulu has now opened up about his own struggles at Amakhosi, stating that even though it was a difficult time for him, it made him a better player.
"If it wasn’t for Kaizer Chiefs, I don’t think I would have existed even now to be honest to you. That period gave me a reason to to be consistent,” explained Xulu
“A reason to say whatever happens now you can take another u-turn. You have been challenged before, you learnt to go through it, there is nothing that can take you down now."
“I am only courageous because of the Kaizer Chiefs experience. That is why I think the treatment was really essential for me and I had to go through all that.
“Coming back from overseas, being one of the highest paid footballers in South Africa as a defender, the expectations that you should deal with. It is something that I wasn’t ready for, I wasn’t really prepared for it honestly."
"And coming back home, it was just me getting back on my feet and moving back overseas for another try."
“I don’t want to blame anyone else but me, myself. I think I wasn’t giving myself enough credit. Most of the time, I am kind of protected but I should look in the mirror, I should have done things better.” - Siyanda Xulu.
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