Johannesburg - Tottenham Hotspur could throw new-signing Bongani Khumalo straight
into the firing line against Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday.
The Bafana Bafana star's move to White Hart Lane was stalled by
the poor weather conditions in the UK, which also saw his documents to
obtain a final validated visa, being held up in the post.
With the freeze finally giving way in England and with Spurs boss
Harry Redknapp lacking options in central defence, the 23-year-old is
expected to play a part in the third-round clash in front of his new
However, this all depends on how well Khumalo trains with his
team-mates and settles into the hustle and bustle of the English Premier
Gavin Hunt, his former coach at SuperSport United insists the
defender has the discipline and determination to succeed under Redknapp
and Bafana boss Pitso Mosimane echoed this sentiment.
His agent, Glynn Binkin told Football365.co.za last week:
"They've had a lot of injuries and suspensions so it's going to be a
great opportunity when he finally gets there. I hope he will rise to the
Khumalo could find himself settling in quickly if the rumour mill
is to be believed. Spurs are intent on luring fellow South African
Steven Pienaar to the Lane and are on the verge of securing a loan deal
for David Beckham, whom the defender met ahead of and during the World
Whether or not Khumalo features against the Addicks this weekend
remains to be seen, but 2011 looks promising for the man who helped
SuperSport clinch three successive league titles.