Maritzburg United unveil Siyanda Xulu

Maritzburg United have completed the signing of Siyanda Xulu on a three year deal.

United unveiled the former Kaizer Chiefs defender on Thursday, providing a new home for the Bafana Bafana international.

Xulu will hope it sparks a change of fortunes after a difficult two years at Chiefs, where he failed to break into the starting line-up on a regular basis under coach Steve Komphela.

Xulu burst onto the scene at Mamelodi Sundowns in the 2009-10 season and would make 80 starts in the next three years as he rapidly shot to fame.

That prompted a move to FC Rostov in the Russian Premier League, where he spent a further three seasons before cutting his time short over unpaid salaries.

Chiefs won the race for his signature on his return to the PSL, which coincided with the arrival of Komphela at the club.

Komphela, who ironically gave Xulu his Bafana debut against Gabon in 2012, opted for other players though, and gave the defender just a single outing in the whole of last season.

Xulu is the seventh signing made by United so far in this window after goalkeeepers Richard Ofori and Jethren Barr, defenders Rushine de Reuck and Motsie Matima, and midfielders Mxolisi Kunene and Australian Liam Youlley.