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Khumalo: PSL not an option

2012-05-29 11:16

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo has no intention of returning to the Premier Soccer League, according to the player's agent.

The former SuperSport United captain has endured a difficult time since signing joining Premier League giants Tottenham in January 2011, with the centre back having failed to make a single appearance for the club, having been loaned out to Preston North End and Reading.

However, the player's representative, Glyn Binkin, says his client is determined to stick it out in north London and earn his place in Harry Redknapp's squad.

"Bongani has made it clear on his side that he wants to remain in Europe and he hopes to get an opportunity at Tottenham Hotspur. He is still contracted to the club for another three years and he will go back to Tottenham for pre-season at the beginning of July," Binkin told Football411.

Khumalo, who has had to contend with playing second fiddle to Siyabonga Sangweni and Morgan Gould in Bafana's central defence, was sent on loan to PNE two months after arriving in London and was later loaned to the Royals.

However, the Championship club released him back to Spurs halfway through his season-long loan after failing to nail down a regular place in the side since the end of August 2011, partly due to injuries.

Despite the challenges ahead of the player, Binkin insists that Khumalo can make it in Europe.

"There is no chance of him coming back to South Africa. He is not going to come back because it suits everybody else and Bongani will do what's right for Bongani. He will be patient," Binkin continued.

"In many respects Bongani reminds me of a young Lucas Radebe, who went to Leeds United at age 24 and initially, he struggled with injuries. But Lucas got his chance eventually and he made a success of his career in England, so hopefully it will be the same with Bongani. I'm very confident that Bongani can make it in England."

Binkin added: "I think what people need to realise is that Bongani is learning a lot despite the fact that he has not got his chance yet with the first team. The standard in the reserve league or in Tottenham's youth side is incredibly high so he has developed and become a better player."

Football411

Comments
  • margo.george.18 - 2012-05-29 11:48

    They must stop selecting these overseas based players if they are not regulars at their clubs.

  • Cosmas - 2012-05-29 12:06

    n then pitso puts him in the 1st 11 4 bafana wen he has nt played a single game, in fact he doesnt deserve to b called up at all

      victor.freeman.39 - 2012-05-29 13:35

      Every player should be selected on merit for Bafana. Once he establishes himself @ Spurs, he should be picked. While he's in the stands or playing for the reserves, he shouldn't smell a Bafana jersey.

  • bruce.cloete - 2012-05-29 12:08

    True 2 that he has what it takes 2 make it in the big league he should stay and prove his worth 2 many players give up easily look at Pa y go in the 1st palce if u not willing 2 endure and rise 2 the challenge

  • kholwani.sokulu - 2012-05-29 14:32

    Eish this cow where does he think he's gonna play. PSL baba or hang your your useless boots.

  • Cyrus - 2012-05-29 14:58

    I can respect that decision but if you not going to get opportunities at Spurs then either find a permanent move elsewhere or go on loan for another season. Redknapp is a good coach but his not perfect and one of his major flaws is not giving second string players opportunities. See Dos Santos from mexico who doesnt even feature for Totteham and is constantly loaned out to La liga clubs.

      Cyrus - 2012-05-29 14:59

      Considering that he was one of the best in the PSL, this once again shows the gap in quality between other leagues and the PSL.

  • Tlhoaele Mongetane - 2012-05-29 16:23

    I dont knw which criteria is being used to select players but this chap has not even touch a football in all competitions almost whole season this pitso likes to reward blind loyalty it's really unfair to more deserving players in our league players should be chosen on merit performance not because of the team u a contracted...sebola

  • nhlenganem - 2012-05-29 20:32

    ANOTHER BUNCH WARMER NOT INTERESTED IN COMING BACK HOME.

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