- Maritzburg United defender Siyanda Xulu has admitted to being as surprised as everyone else when he was appointed as Bafana Bafana’s captain for the COSAFA Cup
- The South African Football Association (SAFA) made the announcement earlier on Monday
- Xulu has experienced a revival of form since joining United after a disastrous two-year spell with Kaizer Chiefs
Maritzburg United defender Siyanda Xulu has admitted that he was just as surprised as everyone else when he was announced as Bafana Bafana's captain for the COSAFA Cup. Xulu said he was pleased and proud by the news.
Xulu has experienced a remarkable revival of form since joining Maritzburg United this season after having endured a disastrous two-year spell with glamour PSL outfit Kaizer Chiefs.
Xulu’s turnaround includes being called up to represent South Africa and he has been nominated as the defender of the year at the PSL Season Awards.
Briefly.co.za gathered that on Monday, the South African Football Association (SAFA) announced that Xulu would captain the Bafana side during the COSAFA Cup.
"It was a very huge surprise when the coach named me the captain," Xulu said.
"Coming back here is me saying to myself let me just learn new things from the other guys, let me reset my international career. It was me trying to refocus on my game and the captaincy is not something I really expected."
Xulu said he was pleased with his return to form after his spell with Chiefs. He said he would personally say the just-completed season was his best season to date.
Xulu noted how different things looked two-years ago when he was going through a terrible loss of form and confidence.
The new captain said it felt great to be fighting for his place in the United side and earning a spot in the national side. Xulu said he was hoping to have a good COSAFA Cup.
Xulu said he looked forward to working with Baxter during training for Bafana’s first match which will take place on Saturday.
He noted that most of the squad had never worked with Baxter or as a team, but Xulu added that he had tremendous belief in the skill of all the players.
Xulu added: "From the first session you could see the attitude and the willingness to work for one another. It is a good bunch of players, young and energetic, and that’s what you need.
Xulu said he and the other players looked forward to what should be an exciting training camp.
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