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Xulu hopes for Bafana chance

2012-06-01 10:08

Johannesburg - Mamelodi Sundowns centre-back Siyanda Xulu hopes to feature in South Africa's 2014 Soccer World Cup qualifier against Ethiopia in Rustenburg.

The 21-year-old was called up to the Bafana squad in midweek to replace the injured Siyabonga Sangweni (ankle), and is likely to provide cover to Morgan Gould and Bongani Khumalo at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Sunday.

"It's always good to represent the country and as a young player it affords you the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the great South African players who ply their trade in Europe," Xulu told Downs' official website.

"I also learn a lot from some of my favourite players such as, Morgan Gould and Bongani Khumalo because they keep it simple but they play the most effective football.

"I will give it my best shot if the coach decides to include me in the game squad."

Sangweni will also miss Bafana's June 9 qualifier with Botswana in Gaborone.

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Comments
  • tsietsi.koza - 2012-06-01 10:15

    I just hope Xulu can get the chance to play this sunday inorder for him to get more experience @ international level. This is the kind of talent to be groomed by Pitso for 2014.

  • Mark - 2012-06-01 10:33

    I think Siya deserves the chance. I am not exagerating when I say he will be best central defender come 2014 world cup. But Siya, please build your body boss, your feet are magic though

  • Nare - 2012-06-01 11:01

    i don't think siya is a better defenda than mahamutsa

  • Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-01 11:16

    But you must make sure you pull up your sox as this past season i wasn't sure of your fluctuating form my laaitie,but i am definitely sure you are going to make it.Good luck

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