Absa Premiership

Xulu explains Rostov departure

2015-07-06 11:01
Siyanda Xulu (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyanda Xulu has explained the thinking behind his decision to leave FC Rostov in favour of a return to South Africa.

The Durban-born player departed Mamelodi Sundowns for the Russian club in September 2012, putting pen to paper on a four-year contract.

However, he struggled for regular first-team minutes, especially in his last season at the club as injury heavily curtailed his involvement.

Added to that, the club's coach, Igor Gamula, landed himself in hot water in 2014 after suggesting that he had "enough dark-skinned players" in his team, while Rostov were also said to be experiencing financial difficulties.

Xulu insists that none of the aforementioned issues affected his decision to return home, telling Soccer Laduma: "No, no. The financial issue and the racism issue was not a problem with me.

"The only problem that I had was an injury and that I didn't want to stay for that long in Russia. I decided to come home and play and get into the Bafana team because I am still young.

"I believe Russia was a priceless experience for me, but I wanted to come back home, play and get a decent team in Europe again."

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