Impressive South African Defender Wanted by Top Clubs in Saudi, Russia and Morocco

Impressive South African Defender Wanted by Top Clubs in Saudi, Russia and Morocco

Babajide Orevba
February 28, 2024 at 7:47 AM
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  • Siyanda Xulu was part of South Africa's campaign at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations
  • The defender was impressive for Bafana Bafana, who finished 3rd in the tournament
  • Several clubs are said to be on the trail of the 32-year-old SuperSport United star

South African international, Siyanda Xulu, is said to be on the radar of top clubs in Saudi Arabia, Russia and Morocco.

The 19-cap Bafana Bafana defender has caught the eyes of top teams outside the shores of his country.

An unnamed club in the Saudi Pro League is said to be monitoring his situation ahead of the summer transfer window.

Siyanda Xulu, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Russia, 2023 AFCON.
Siyanda Xulu is attracting interest from clubs outside South Africa. Photo Credit: Ulrik Pedersen.
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It was further gathered that two clubs in the country's second-tier league also admire the 32-year-old.

His contract with Turan Tovuz of Azerbaijan expired at the end of last season, and more clubs were ready to pounce.

But the defender opted to return home as he sought a chance of making the squad to the AFCON tournament in Ivory Coast, which he did.

He was Bafana Bafana's vice-captain at the continental showpiece and scored the last spot-kick to earn his side the bronze medal.

Local outlet FARPost reports that, notwithstanding, Xulu remains a subject in the transfer window market.

He is also on the radar of a Russian club, having featured for Rostov, where he played between 2012 and 2015.

His understanding of the Russian language comes as a selling point for the defender.

According to one source, a club that feature in the Morocco Botola Pro have also prepared an enticing offer for the former Kaizer Chiefs man.

Broos says Africa can't win World Cup now

Sports Brief earlier reported that South Africa's national team coach, Hugo Broos, is pessimistic about the chances of an African team winning the elusive World Cup in the near future.

Morocco came close in the 2022 World Cup but fell short in the semi-final. Cameroon, Senegal, and Ghana have reached the quarter-final before.

The Belgian says African teams can't win the World Cup in 2026 or 2030 because international football needs more than just technical ability.

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Babajide Orevba
Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.
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