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Cross Not Shutting The Door On Chiefs And Abroad

Golden Arrows left-back Bradley Cross has not closed the door of playing for Kaizer Chiefs whom he had trials with last year or returning to Europe one day.

Amakhosi assessed Cross after leaving English Premier League side Newcastle United, who he joined ahead of the 2020/21 season. 

While Amakhosi nor SuperSport United didn’t sign him, he joined Maritzburg United after the first half of the season had started under head coach Fadlu Davids. 

With the club at the bottom then when Davids arrived in November last year to replace John Maduka, the club couldn’t survive as they were relegated to the Motsepe Foundation Championship at the end of the season. 

It led the 22-year-old to be one of several players who left Maritzburg and joined Golden Arrows at the start of the season. 

He has been brilliant in the back three or in the full-back position applied by coach Mabhuti Khenyeza, featuring in 10 games so far in all competitions. 

He has since been called up to the Bafana Bafana squad that will face Benin in the 2026 FIFA World Cup CAF Zone qualifiers at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday and Rwanda four days later in Butare. 

“For sure, like I’ve said before, hard work –  I just want to keep my head down and see where that takes me with the hard work,” Cross told iDiski Times

“But definitely will want to go be back in Europe eventually, one day.” 

Cross, who also had a spell with Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga, explained how things pan out at Naturena.  

“I was there for trial and then things didn’t work out,” Cross said.  “I just continued and then I signed at Maritzburg United.” 

Cross, who also trained with SuperSport United and coach Gavin Hunt appeared to have wanted the left back but sadly things didn’t go according to his desire, said he is on the right path to be part of the Bafana Bafana squad for the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Ivory Coast next year. 

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“I have come here and do my best, work hard, hopefully, we can get maximum points,” he said. 

“If I’m on the bench, if I’m playing, it doesn’t matter, as long as I’m part of the Bafana Bafana team, and soak up the occasion and eventually, hopefully, I’ll be part of the AFCON team.” 

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.