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Bafana Bafana defender wanted in Saudi, Russia and Morocco

A Bafana Bafana defender has become a target for clubs in Saudi Arabia, including one in the Pro League, as well as in Russia and Morocco.

Saudi has suddenly become a top destination for players all around the globe with some big names from the biggest leagues having switched to the Asian country.

It was Cristiano Ronaldo who became the league’s first blockbuster arrival when he signed for Al Nassr, a move that set tongues wagging. 

And the likes of Karim Benzema, Ngolo Kante, Sadio Mane and many others were also part of the huge influx of famous footballers joining Saudi clubs.


Bafana Bafana defender wanted in Saudi, Russia and Morocco
Siyanda Xulu. Picture courtesy of SuperSport United

The Bafana Bafana and SuperSport United centre-back Siyanda Xulu has caught the interest of the unnamed club in the Saudi Pro League, while the two sides in the country’s second tier have been long-time admirers of the 32-year-old.

When his contract expired at the Azerbaijan club Turan Tovuz at the end of the 2022/23 season, the interest from the Saudi second-tier had already been expressed.

However, it appears the KwaMashu-born defender elected to return home to enhance his chances of making Hugo Broos’ AFCON squad. It’s noteworthy that it would be his first major tournament with SA since he made his debut in 2012.

“If you asked me my thoughts months ago about my career, I would have told you otherwise about coming back home,” said Xulu last year when he signed for SuperSport.

FARPost understands the interest still remains, and now, with the club from the top-flight having joined the race.

Further, he’s on the radar of a Russian club where he played between 2012 and 2015. His understanding of the Russian language comes as a selling point for the defender.

The source added that a club that plies its trade in the Morocco Botola Pro has also prepared an enticing offer for the former Kaizer Chiefs man.

Xulu, who’s a vice-captain for Bafana, featured in three matches at AFCON and scored the last penalty in the third-place match to help SA clinch bronze.

His contract with SuperSport expires in June 2025, and interested clubs would have to submit bids to Matsatsantsa.

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