News Article  | Nedbank Cup

Xulu Reveals How Davids Helped Him Recover From Chiefs Disaster

Siyanda Xulu Is Indebted To Fadlu Davids After His Kaizer Chiefs Spell

By Joe Crann - May 18, 2018 10:10 AM @YesWeCrann
Siyanda Xulu will line up in his first cup final in almost three years this weekend, and he says that Fadlu Davids is to thank for his recovery from a disastrous spell with Kaizer Chiefs.
Maritzburg United have been one of the fairytale stories of the 2017/18 season as they achieved their highest ever league finish and reached the first final in their history, with Xulu – a free agent – playing a vital role in their success. 
The 26-year-old was given just six appearances in the Absa Premiership during a two-season spell with the Glamour Boys, but went on to play 29 out of 30 matches in the most recent campaign under the tutelage of Davids back in his home province of KwaZulu-Natal, and will now do battle in the Nedbank Cup final. 
“The reason I came here is for coach Fadlu,” he told the club’s official website. “He reminded me of how good I am. It was a very rough patch for me, training alone, one can lose enthusiasm for the game. 
“It's emotional for me to think back what has happened the last few seasons. The hype, the expectations of coming back home. All the bad stuff that was said about me, not doing well for Chiefs. Me thinking I was not given a fair chance.
“The call from Fadlu changed everything. He told me how he would suit me as a player. He told me to work hard and get back on my feet. He promised he would help make me one of the best defenders in South Africa again.” 
And Xulu isn’t happy with just having a good season, he’s got his sights set on lifting the trophy this weekend and bringing down the curtain on the campaign with a piece of silverware. 
He added, “It was one of my best decisions ever, for myself, for my family. It was a gamble, but one I was willing to take. For a long time, I didn’t have anyone tell me how good I am. So I took it as a challenge, to show myself I can do it, and it has worked out well for everyone.  
“So Saturday will be very emotional for me, knowing what is at stake. I have to win it, for Fadlu, for myself, for my family. Being back home has also been great for me, playing in front of my family and friends every home game, it’s very special.” 
The game is due to get underway at 19h00 at Cape Town Stadium, with the first 10 000 fans to purchase their tickets being given a buy one get one free offer.  


Related Articles


JAWS OF LIFE Joined: 21 Apr 2018
No badges available
JAWS OF LIFE May 18, 2018 08:37 PM
Xulu is the best but chiefs nearly ruin him,he is 0ne 0f my fav0urite players I will be very happy t0 see him back at Bafana Bafana.
DieHardFan Joined: 19 May 2017
No badges available
DieHardFan May 18, 2018 12:44 PM
Mrabaraba wa Mketule Joined: 10 Jun 2016
No badges available
Mrabaraba wa Mketule May 18, 2018 11:50 AM
Come and Join Bucs my boy. We will treat you well . you are a good player but wasted your time at Zebras. You can help us with our mission of painting Africa in Black and you are black as well. Bucs I remain. once and Always.

Express Yourself

Your chance to say what you need to.

Create your blog

What You May Have Missed