Absa Premiership

Booth backs Xulu to shine at Chiefs

2015-06-10 15:21
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Cape Town - Retired Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth believes Tefu Mashamaite won't struggle to find a new club and backed Siyanda Xulu as the perfect replacement.

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Premiership player of the season Tefu Mashamaite departed Kaizer Chiefs at the end of the campaign, along with Bafana Bafana 'keeper Itumeleng Khune, after failing to agree a new contract and is now in the hunt for a new gig.

Booth does not think the dominant center-back will be short on suitors and encouraged him, at this stage of his career, to fight for the best deal he can get.

"I don't think he will have a problem with finding a new club soon," Booth told goal.com.

"He's a quality player who's done terrifically well for himself and it's no mistake that he is back in the national team.

Chiefs have reportedly cast their eye towards Xulu as Mashamaite's replacement in the heart of the defence.

The 23-year-old currently plies his trade for FC Rostov in Russia, but his contract is due to expire at the end of next season.

Booth revealed, as far as he was aware, negotiations between the Soweto side and Xulu were already underway.

"The last time I heard [Xulu and Chiefs] were negotiating," he added.

"He is a quality player also and would add a lot of value to Chiefs.

"He would also bring a lot of experience from Russia where he plays in a good league."

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