Kaboul: SA star will make it

2011-07-19 12:08

Johannesburg - Tottenham Hotspur defender Younes Kaboul believes Bongani Khumalo is destined for great things in the Premier League.

The Bafana Bafana defender signed for Spurs six months ago from SuperSport United, but barely three months later he was sent on loan to Preston North End.

His stay there was cut short after fracturing his fifth metatarsal and now that he has recovered, there is talk of sending him on loan again to Glasgow Rangers.

Kaboul believes the plan of the Spurs technical team to keep sending Khumalo on loan doesn't necessarily mean he is not valued at the club.

"I think Bongani has been learning a lot since he got to England and I can see that because we play in the same position," he told

"He is very happy at the club. I think he has a big chance of making it in England and South Africans shouldn't panic when he is being sent on loan because the aim of that is to help him settle to European football by ensuring that he plays many games instead of him learning while warming the bench.

"The reality is, coming from Africa is very different to the football there and I know because I come from Morocco so you have a lot of things to learn like how they live, so I believe that step by step he can easily make it because he is definitely a quality player who deserves to play at the highest level.

Spurs coach Harry Redknapp confirmed on Monday that Rangers have indeed shown interest to lure Khumalo to Ibrox on a season-long loan.

"Rangers did show interest, but I haven't spoken to Bongani about it," Redknapp revealed.

"I think it will do him good to go play somewhere on loan. It can only improve him. We are very pleased with him. He is a great lad with a great attitude."


  • RSA - 2011-07-19 12:39

    Quality Player,with a quality mindset,in a Quality Team! It can only get better ;-)!

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-07-19 13:13

      Totally agree ! He is my choice for future Bafana captain....hope he gets game time..

      gabba_gabba - 2011-07-19 13:36

      As long as Khumalo keeps his eye on the bigger picture and doesn't go the way of O.J Mabizela then he's in store for a stirling career in Europe!

  • Hammy - 2011-07-19 17:19

    as a fanatical SPURS fan, great to have a S.African respresented in this team...going out on loan means learning all the can only benefit the team and the player. Viva Bongi

      Aar - 2011-07-20 11:27

      @Hammy, fully agreed and he can always be recalled if needed!!!!!!now we must just sort out modric mess.

  • YES - 2011-07-20 12:31

    That's condescending of the Arabian player to talk like that about an African. Who says in order for an African athlete to play in England, he first has to has loan about? We have so many good players from this shores and who have given good account of themselves in the English League and have not been moved about as if they are commodities. I wish Bongani performs well in the club he would be loaned to just to prove a point.

      AjAxxxx - 2011-07-21 12:09

      Arabian? Kaboul is French.

      PSquare - 2011-07-21 15:46

      "The reality is, coming from Africa is very different to the football there and I know because I come from Morocco " said by the man himself. He might have French citizenship but his roots are in Morocco

  • Nfusitjie - 2011-07-21 13:58

    solid oke, unlike Malema

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