Spurs sign Bafana's Khumalo

2010-10-26 14:04

London - Tottenham have signed an agreement with Bafana Bafana defender Bongani Khumalo which will see the player move to Spurs in the January transfer window, the club announced on Tuesday.

Tottenham said the SuperSport United player had signed a pre-contract agreement which would be confirmed subject to a work permit being approved.

The 23-year-old impressed Spurs boss Harry Redknapp during a trial in September, which took place after Khumalo starred in all three of South Africa's matches at the Soccer World Cup.

"He's not expensive. We had him over on trial and we like him," Redknapp said last month. "He's got potential and we've got a tie-up with the club SuperSport so we've taken him on.

"It will be a great chance for the kid. He's a great lad. He comes from a poor background and he's desperate for a chance and we're going to give him a chance."

Khumalo's arrival should strengthen Redknapp's defensive options following an injury crisis which has seen central defenders Ledley King, Michael Dawson, William Gallas and Younes Kaboul all spend time on the sidelines this season.

Jonathan Woodgate is also unavailable due to a long-term injury.


  • Collin - 2010-10-26 14:11

    He comes from a poor background and he's desperate for a chance and we're going to give him a chance." What does that had to do do with signing a new player, you like the player period. Whether he comes from poor or rich background do we really have to know. I feel Redknapps needs not to take the advantage of the the poor guy.

  • Mzukisi - 2010-10-26 14:21

    Well done my captain!!! All the best in England and remember next challenge is to replace Aaron Mokoena as bafana captain

  • simba - 2010-10-26 14:24

    Well done Bongani, make us proud when you join Spurs. Remember, great oppotunities come with great responsibilities as well. Keep on keeping on!!!

  • SPURS - 2010-10-26 14:27

    All the best of luck Bongani Khumalo; may you go from strength to strength.

  • ME - 2010-10-26 14:34

    Well done Bongani!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I think you are a better defender than William Gallas.

  • Franna - 2010-10-26 14:40

    Baie Geluk Bongani! Hoop jy maak dit daar bo. Sal jou dophou as jy vir Spurs speel! Moet net nie maak soos Mabizela gemaak het nie, fokus op jou sokker en werk hard.

  • thuto - 2010-10-26 14:45

    GO get e'm mnaka...become the best u can ever be. let no big monies and publicity drag u down like Old john...congrats

  • Vovoste - 2010-10-26 14:45

    I'm totaly with you there Collin...did he sign him because he's from a poor backround or 'cause he's talented. That's what most of the European clubs think of South African or African players. Thank God we have intelligent soccer agents or managers.

  • cy - 2010-10-26 14:49

    Congrats Bongani...........Perhaps Sangweni and his agent can learn a thing or two on prcicing themselves out of the market.

  • Simon - 2010-10-26 14:52

    I do not like what Redknapp said about the young man. poor background has nothing to do with the players performance. Does he really know where Bongani comes from? or is it obvious for him that all South Africans comes from poor background? I wish Bongani all the best and I have no doubt that he will make it!!

  • Tsepo - 2010-10-26 14:53

    Go Bonga and represant Mzansi in London show them what we are capable off in Mzansi not poor background

  • Bra lethu - 2010-10-26 14:56

    From what I know, He come from a middle class family. Either His dad or mom was a lecturer, but I guess poor is a relative word. Well done and go represent

  • Archie - 2010-10-26 14:58

    Clearly Harry succumbed to Khumalo's begging for a chance and given he is an African it was the politically correct thing to do.It will be a surprise if he makes it beyond the European summer so expect him back having been given his chance and failure to make it.

  • @Collin - 2010-10-26 15:05

    You think Harry would have signed him if he was from a poor background, but a hopeless footballer? Read properly, Harry is saying Bongani is excited by the opportunity as he comes from a poor background - the chance to play in the Premiership. Bongani's poor background probably makes him more appreciative of the chance he is getting; since FOOTBALL is probably all he has in life that could make him successful. Unlike people who have other opportunities to study further, etc.

  • Smindlo Dakile - 2010-10-26 15:06

    @Collin, the guy does not necessarily come from a poor background. his late parents were academics. he comes from a stable family which values hard work and discipline and dedication.

  • mlu - 2010-10-26 15:08

    All the best Bongs. I fully agree with Mzukisi that there are great things awaiting you boy and may God grant you the strenght and the necessary luck to achieve all. That includes leading the Bafana as skipper.

  • @collin - 2010-10-26 15:10

    i won't be surprised if he was just answering a question. You know journalist will misquote you just to make it exciting.

  • Jobe - 2010-10-26 15:18

    these europeans are puzzling sometimes. they everything that comes from Africa aas poor! i find it strange that a son of a University Proffessor can be classified as poor. these people they just never cease to amaze. Congratulations Bongani!

  • Torra - 2010-10-26 15:21

    Welcome to the Lane to a player who deserves it. Remember the EPL is miles ahead of the PSL so the task is enormous which I'm sure you will be able to handle. As a Spurs supporter I will be watching your progress and know you will do the club and yourself proud.

  • Ngwato - 2010-10-26 15:45

    Well, Harry says poor backround in the context of football "poor PSL standard". He is not saying poor family, "backround". Congratulations mfana.

  • Joel - 2010-10-26 15:52

    Congrats!! @Simon - do you know where he comes from??? He was born in SA but thats probably all you know. Stop looking at the negative the whole time. Soon you`ll be claiming Redknapp owes you something - I`m surprised you didn`t mention something about race!!

  • Basil.Mokotedi - 2010-10-26 15:54

    You have joined a stable of an outstanding coach. A man I loveI for providing each player in his domain an opportunity to perform.I have seen your talents. you will excel in a very short space of time. I love to see you working alongside two the most hard working and intelligent defenders in Ladely King and Michael Dawson. Remember to handle yourself as a true professional and respect your career with disciplined attitude. Goodluck ngwenya

  • Bucs Faithful - 2010-10-26 16:51

    Legends are born. Good luck Dbongs.

  • Enrique - 2010-10-26 18:08

    Collin you are right , nobody mentioned Rooney or Ronaldo's poor background when they were signed. Hope he keeps his cool head when success comes.

  • AndyJo - 2010-10-26 21:26

    @Simon - '"r is it obvious for him that all South Africans comes from poor background?" this sentiment is directly attributable to the never ending propaganda espoused by this cuntrees PDI's & their apologist sympathisers. "We had no schools, hospitals, jobs, money, homes, electric, water" on & on it goes,16 years into our so called democracy the black man still claims to have nothing. This statement by Harry Redknapp is what the world has been fed ad-nauseum so that is what they perceive, just the same as the 27 year propaganda regards Mandela.

  • Tino - 2010-10-27 08:36

    People lets stop being judgemental, Harry is right by "poor background" i assume he is refferring to the local league comparimg Bongani's curent salary at Supersport and what he will be earning at Spurs?

  • Silverback - 2010-10-27 08:47

    At last, Bongani has seen the light. The better Football is overseas. All the best. Just Dnt become Like Quintin Fortune.Wasted hhis career.

  • kopano - 2010-10-27 10:01

    Heroes were not born but there are producers of struggle. History of RSA soccer, you must lead them Bongi.

  • Doc - 2010-10-27 10:06

    Since when did you monkeys become Redknapp's mouthpieces? He clearly doesn't know enough about the young man being signed on, otherwise he would have known that Bongani grew up in a home that had an impressive library and he was encouraged to read. As for Bongs not having anything to do other than play soccer, I will have you know that the boy is currently busy with a B.comm degree through Unisa. Check your facts before you write crap, and stop apologising for a man who should have done his research properly. How on earth do you know that he was refering to the PSL being poor?

  • Merle F - 2010-10-27 10:33

    Good luck Bongi make the SA Spurs supporters proud

  • Mkateko Hobyani - 2010-10-28 10:29

    Good Luck boy, make us even more prouder.

  • gav - 2010-10-28 10:43

    @Kopano,hahaha,he was 7 when the struggle ended you moron,why must you bring the struggle up,get over it if you want a better SA,

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