Radebe backs Khumalo move

2010-12-10 07:08
Bongani Khumalo (Gallo)
Johannesburg - SuperSport United captain Bongani Khumalo is set for stardom when he joins crack English Premiership club Tottenham Hotspur next month.

That was the endorsement for the 23-year-old Bafana Bafana central defender by Lucas Radebe, one of the legends of the local game.

Radebe joined Leeds, then one of the top sides in England, from Kaizer Chiefs in 1994 and became one of the most popular and most loved players at Eland Road, ending up as captain of the Yorkshire side.

He was part of the Bafana side that won the 1996 African Nations Cup and went on to captain his country at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals.

Khumalo, who is the captain of PSL champions SuperSport United, joins Spurs on a R17 million transfer. Like Radebe, Khumalo is a top class central defender.

"I have watched Khumalo and he will make the grade at Spurs. He will be a future Bafana captain. I wish him well at Spurs where he will be a tremendous ambassador for South Africa," said Radebe.

He was speaking after FNB announced a R40m sponsorship for soccer development on Thursday.

Radebe said the sponsorship had ushered in a new era for local soccer at grassroots level.

"I am very excited about this development. It has been long overdue that development was addressed. The problem has been the lack of structures. Now that can be sorted out."

Radebe is a patron of the three-year FNB legacy programme under which the under-17 boys' and girls' sides will get R9m each over the next three years to develop players to eventually play for Bafana.

An amount of R15 million has already been spent building five artificial turfs and the remainder will go to a grassroots programme.

Radebe urged former players to get involved in the programme.

"I wanted to give back the knowledge and experience I picked up in my playing career. It is important for these legends of the past to stay involved as role models for the youth. The youngsters look up to them," he said.

Radebe said players like former Bafana stars Mark Fish and Phil "Chippa" Masinga were keen to be involved in developing new stars for the national teams.

"It is amazing that former players are overlooked [by the SA Football Association].

"They should be used as ambassadors or coaches. They have a lot to contribute and it would be sad if the experience they have was wasted."

He believed the legacy programme would take five years to bear fruit.

"I believe we are on the right track at last. I support this initiative whole-heartedly."

Read more on:    bongani khumalo


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk
Most Read


Rugby World Cup 2015

All the action from the 2015 RWC, including live coverage of all 48 matches, breaking news, fixtures, results, logs - and much more!


Rugby World Cup 2015

De Allende's star burns bright
Boks were 'in a dark space'
Pacific island teams singled out for rough tactics?
Ireland favourites but France bullish
17 October 2015
Golden Arrows v Bloemfontein Celtic, Chatsworth Stadium 15:30
Chippa United v SuperSport United, Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium 18:00
Wits v Jomo Cosmos, Bidvest Stadium 20:15
Kaizer Chiefs v Black Aces, FNB Stadium 20:15
18 October 2015
Mamelodi Sundowns v Polokwane City, Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:30
Platinum Stars v Ajax Cape Town, Moruleng Stadium 15:30
20 October 2015
SuperSport United v Golden Arrows, Lucas Moripe Stadium 19:30
Jomo Cosmos v Kaizer Chiefs, Olen Park 19:30
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

When all is said and done in the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season, who will be crowned champions of South Africa?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Take a photographical trip down memory lane and remind yourself of how the Springboks fared in their five previous Rugby World Cup campaigns. In addition, pick your all-time Springbok Rugby World Cup Dream Team and you could win R3 000!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.