'Khumalo not ready yet'

2011-02-04 11:59

Johannesburg - Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes Bongani Khumalo has a lot to learn before he can become a Premier League player.

The Bafana Bafana international arrived at White Hart Lane during the January transfer window from Premier Soccer League outfit SuperSport United, for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5m.

Khumalo has not feature for Spurs other than in training-ground friendlies, but was on the bench for the club's Premier League victory at Blackburn Rovers in midweek.

Redknapp, who has a defensive crisis on his hands at present, admits that the 24-year-old cannot be thrown straight into the action as the level of football in England is much higher than that of South Africa.

"He is fit to play. I think the Premier League is better than the South African league," the Spurs manager said.

"I know it's been compared to it but I just think it is a better league than the South African. There is a difference.

"He has to get used to the Premier League so let's hope he does. It isn't a case of adapting, it's a case of whether you're good enough.

"He is a fantastic boy who we think has a good chance of being a really good player so we have taken him, and he has come from South Africa and we love him to bits.

"He wants to be a player but he is a young kid really who has got lots to learn - but he wants to learn and he has the raw talent.

"We were going to loan him out to a Championship team, and that would have been good for him, but he is now in my squad because of players being injured."

While Khumalo may not be featuring for Spurs just yet, he has been included in Pitso Mosimane's Bafana Bafana squad to face Kenya on Wednesday.


  • Frikkie - 2011-02-04 12:16

    He is a good player. All he needs is time. He must just be patient.

  • CMTHA - 2011-02-04 12:23

    does this coach like Khumalo? if he does he has got bad way of showing it. how can he call a 24 year old a kid while the Cesc Fabregas (younger than that) is a captain at Arsena.

      Bandit - 2011-02-04 16:12

      Straight talk brother - something any person worth their salt must get used to. There are no stupid EE rules over there only your own performance. There you earn respect here we give it to you because maybe you had a rough childhood, or you are ugly or even worse because you were previously disadvantaged. Good on you Harry. man the guy up.

  • Sparks - 2011-02-04 12:24

    'm dissapointed by Redknapp's comments, why did they buy him in the first place if he still have a lot to learn, that is how European teams destroy our boys. He would be a regular player in any team in South Africa and would ultimately bolster Bafanabafana squad. Now i smell bleak future for the boy.

  • GP - 2011-02-04 12:30

    EPL is miles ahead of our PSL. The only way he can learn is through game time, unless he needs to learn English. I have never taken note of Khumalo's skills, but this sounds odd. Maybe they should not have bought him. Unless it's punishment for knocking Steven out. How could he have thought that Steven's head was a ball! This boy will be doomed if loaned to a lower league or benched the whole season.

  • sam.robshaw - 2011-02-04 12:31

    Come on guys dont be silly, bongani has got to compete with the likes of gallas, dawson, bassong, woodgate, king and kaboul when all fit. There all proven at this level, hes hardly going to chuck him in at the deep end! khumalo will get hes chance, when redknapp thinks hes ready, and i wouldnt judge harry on anything, hes one best coachs in the world and has done miracles at tottenham.

  • CobaltZulu - 2011-02-04 12:48

    If the EPL is better than the PSL it is only because of it's foreign players because any sports lover even one who knows nothing about soccer can see that there just aren't any world class English players now are there or by the FA's inablility to find a decent English coach to coach England coaches either.

      carldreyer5 - 2011-02-04 13:02

      Mate, the PSL is about the same level as second div or third div. We are far to full of ourselves in this country. I mean even Notts didn't want Tshabalala. We shouldn't take it personally, we should just improve and get rid of gangsters like Khoza, root out corruption, put a limit on squad sizes teams and get rid of prima donna players.

      ulstersaffa - 2011-02-04 14:40

      umm..stevie g, wayne rooney to name a few, they are more then world class and real madrid would easily spend £50mil on them. you obv dont know football. and lets not forget that the spanish league is full of foreigners!

      GP - 2011-02-04 15:03

      @ulstersaffa No one else apart from Rooney. Before you name Gerrard, remember what the news from Spain about him were? Over the hill. England was kicked out of the 2010 WC because they thought their "glamour boys" would just pitch up with their WAGS and game in the bag. English media makes look like top players in the world.

  • huts25 - 2011-02-04 12:54

    He chose to buy Khumalo knowing he comes from the PSL, knowing that he can't throw him into the first team, and he also mentioned that the plan was to loan him out. Why not just leave it at that, there's no reason to sarcastically compare the PSL to the EPL. Arry always seems to have a go at his own players; his criticism of Bent is infamous and recently he was criticizing Dawson after they lost to Fullham, surely that is the kind of thing you say behind closed doors, but they say you cant buy class.

  • LACER8 - 2011-02-04 12:57

    I am a die hard Spurs supporter and love the attitude and discipline shown by Bongani Khumalo. He has a lot of raw talent but the step up into Premier League football is a steep learning curve and being Harry Redknapp he has Bongani's best interest at heart. Harry is trying to ease him into the league not just throw him into the deep end which displays his nurturing nature as a coach and father figure.Be patient Bongani...your future is a bright one indeed...just aim to impress with excellent work ethic and absorb all the experience you can get...Shine in the games you play for Bafana as you are going to be the next SA Captain. I am proud of your achievements and your humble nature coupled with a focused and diligent work ethic. Your time is coming soon...good luck

      CMTHA - 2011-02-04 14:05

      this guy is 24 years old for crying out loud. he is not a youngster.

      GP - 2011-02-04 15:06

      The only skill he will master is shine benches, unless you were referring to a Bafana bench as well.

  • CobaltZulu - 2011-02-04 13:09

    Carl no reply tag, I am not saying PSL is equal to EPL the point being made is that it is the foreign players in the EPL that makes it better not the English

      ulstersaffa - 2011-02-04 14:42

      but what is your point? there are many fantastic english players and young players coming through you forget about wiltsher, carrol, wilcott etc...

      ulstersaffa - 2011-02-04 14:43

      not to mention all the foreigners in the spanish league, just because a lot of them speak spanish doesnt make them spanish, a lot of the players in spain esp the big clubs come from south america.

      carldreyer5 - 2011-02-04 14:53

      I hear what you saying and I agree to a point but I think there is alot of class in England. If Bafana had to play England 10 times, do you think we could win close to 5 of them? I'd say maybe one. We have the richest league in Africa yet our league is only ranked 5th or 6th. Bafana have only just crept into the top 10 in Africa. We are the richest nation with the best infrastructure on the continent, and we have the talent to be unbeatable in Africa but we are not. why?

  • Johnny Sidestepper - 2011-02-04 13:47


  • Blood_Doll - 2011-02-04 14:16

    As a passionate Spurs supporter I agree whole-heartedly with Harry. He has to prove his worth before even smelling the socks of the first team. He was bought to The Lane because he had potential and 'Arry has the managerial skills to fulfil that potential. Let him learn the ropes a bit more than fall into the first team. It has nothing to do with EPL vs PSL; he has to stake his claim not just accept that it's his from the get go.

  • nangamso1 - 2011-02-04 14:43

    I personaly think the coach is right premiership is way better than our's and loaning him will be a good move nothing against Khumalo he is a defender and just think about premiership strikers lets give him time coz if they just throwing in he will just kiss goodbye his career Redknapp is building him than destrying I know Khumalo wants to play but lets also consider consiquences.

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