IN TOUCH WITH: SIYANDA XULU
10 June 2020
Maritzburg United central defender Siyanda Xulu shares his Netflix playlist with us and also talks about his ambition to become a more frequent goal scorer.
Siyanda has had his injury setbacks this season, but there is no doubting that the former Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs defender's contribution at the Team of Choice has been immense over three seasons he's been at the club.
Indeed, in the previous two campaigns he missed just two league games (58 of 60) and he also played in 17 cup encounters.
The 28-year-old also previously spent three years in Russia's top division and has been capped at senior national team level for Bafana Bafana.
Xulu was just starting to pick up some momentum after returning from injury when the league was paused due to the coronavirus.
We caught up with Siyanda to find out how he's doing:
MUFC: Where are you spending the lockdown?
Siyanda Xulu (SX): I’m at The Pearls of Umhlanga Hotel
MUFC: How are you keeping busy?
SX: Getting all the necessary updates regarding football and recent news about Covid-19.
MUFC: Who is the person you are most in contact with during the lockdown and how do you guys chat?
SX: Mxolisi Kunene and Miguel Timm, we chat via Whatsapp and do video calls.
MUFC: Have you ever imagined life without football? And what would you have done for a career had you not been a footballer?
SX: I’ve never imagined my life without football, my focus and determination has always been into football and nothing else.
MUFC:Are there any games/ movies/ series/ books that you can recommend?
SX: I’ve been watching Money Heist, Queen Of The South, The White Lines and The Punisher. Those are the main series I’ve been watching recently.
MUFC: Looking at the season so far, which was the most impressive result/ game for the club?
SX: I think the most impressive game we had as a team was against Wits, the [Telkom] cup game at home. I think that brought our confidence back, knowing very well that we had to knock out one of the most competitive teams in Wits, who we have been really struggling to beat in so many years since I’ve joined the club.
MUFC: In which match do you feel you played your best?
SX: I was just being converted to the defensive midfielder position and the Coach was very much impressed by my contribution on that particular game which ended up being when I was played in that position. I’ve scored once this season so far, bear in mind that I’ve been out for than 3 months (injured). I missed quite a lot games which I think I would have tried to have my name on the score-sheet.
MUFC: What was the best goal scored by MUFC this season?
SX: Daylon Claasen’s second goal against Kaizer Chiefs (2-1 league win).
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