'B-team' role for SA defender

2011-12-14 21:10

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo played a reserve fixture for Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night but remains on loan at English Championship Reading.

Khumalo joined the Royals from Spurs for the 2011/12 season, but has found first-team opportunities hard to come by and has not been in the starting XI since August.

Reading do not have a reserve team and so Khumalo has been allowed to play for Spurs while he tries to work his way back to full fitness after an ankle problem. The 24-year-old played on Tuesday night as Spurs beat QPR 6-2.

Khumalo played the first five games of the season for the Royals, but as they struggled to pick up points, he was discarded to the stands.

He has had battles with injury for much of the remainder of the time since then, which have also kept him out of action for Bafana Bafana.

It is still possible that he will seek an exit from Reading in January and the player’s agent, Glyn Binkin, is indeed in England at the moment. Binkin admitted last week that “all options were open” with regards Khumalo’s future.

“Obviously he is an international player and wants to be in the first team,” Binkin said. “He is ready to fight for a place in the team, but if it looks like he will not get back in, then a move elsewhere is an option. In fact, all options are open at this stage.”


  • Steenbra - 2011-12-14 21:34

    This is what happens to SA players when they go overseas..They need to be circumspect before rushing for overseas contracts..

      mrmogoswane - 2011-12-15 09:22

      @Steenbra - it's comments like these that see most SA players not making it overseas. impatient. what did you expect, just walk into a new team and get A-team spot, in you're dreams. everyone has to work their way up. the Tottenham defense is solid at the moment why would the coach want to risk that stability. Bongani just hold on you're chance will come boy.

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