Bongani Khumalo

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Bongani Khumalo
Khumalo 2012.JPG
Khumalo in Poland
Personal information
Full name Bongani Sandile Khumalo[1]
Date of birth (1987-01-06) 6 January 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Manzini, Swaziland
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Tottenham Hotspur
Number 36
Youth career
000?–2005 Arcadia Shepherds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 AmaTuks 50 (4)
2007–2010 Supersport United 81 (8)
2011– Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2011 Preston North End (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012 Reading (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013 PAOK (loan) 22 (0)
2013–2014 Doncaster Rovers (loan) 30 (0)
National team
2008– South Africa 42 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:42, 13 March 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15:42, 13 March 2014

Bongani Sandile Khumalo (born 6 January 1987) is a South African professional footballer who plays as a centre back for Tottenham Hotspur, and South Africa.

Early life[edit]

Khumalo was born in Manzini, Swaziland, to a Swazi mother and father. He grew up in Pretoria as his father relocated to South Africa and was the third player born outside South Africa to play for Bafana Bafana.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Khumalo went through the academy of Arcadia Shepherds before opting to sign for University of Pretoria in 2005 where he made 50 appearances scoring four times.

In 2007 it was agreed that he would join South Africa giants Supersport United making 79 appearances scoring eight goals. Following the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Scottish Premier League club Rangers revealed on their website that they were interested in signing Khumalo and his South Africa teammate Katlego Mphela from Supersport United and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively. In August 2010, Khumalo's agent revealed that Tottenham Hotspur were looking to sign Khumalo in the January transfer window after he had accrued more game time with Supersport United and the national team. On 26 October, it was confirmed Spurs had reached an agreement with United to sign Khumalo in January 2011.

Tottenham Hotspur[edit]

On 26 October 2010, it was announced that Khumalo would be joining Tottenham Hotspur in January 2011 from partner club Supersport United after a successful trial in September, subject to a work permit for a fee of £1.5 million. Tottenham confirmed the completion of Khumalo's transfer from Supersport United on 7 January 2011.[3]

Preston North End (loan)[edit]

On 24 March 2011, Khumalo made an emergency deadline day loan move to Championship club Preston North End.[4] He made his debut for Preston on 2 April 2011 in their 2–1 victory over Swansea.

Reading (loan)[edit]

On 25 July 2011, Khumalo moved on a season-long loan to Championship club Reading.[5] However following the arrival of Kaspars Gorkss from Queens Park Rangers, Khumalo's appearances were limited, and he did not play a first team game after August. On 1 February 2012, it was confirmed that Khumalo's loan would be terminated early, to allow him to return to Tottenham.[6]

PAOK (loan)[edit]

On 6 July 2012, Khumalo joined Greek club PAOK on loan, for one year.[7][8]

Doncaster Rovers (loan)[edit]

Khumalo was signed by Doncaster Rovers of the Championship for a season's loan on 31 July 2013.[9] On 6 August in his second game for Rovers he scored the winner in a 1−0 victory against Rochdale in the League Cup.[10]

International career[edit]

Khumalo was named in the South African squad for the 2009 Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup, both in South Africa. On 22 June 2010, Khumalo scored the first goal after 21 minutes against France as South Africa finished their World Cup campaign with a 2–1 win.[11] Khumalo is the current captain of the South African national football team.

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 22 June 2010 Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa  France 0–1 1–2 2010 FIFA World Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "B. Khumalo". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ http://www.citizen.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=84777&catid=80:breaking-news&Itemid=132
  3. ^ "Bongani transfer complete". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bongani joins Preston". Preston North End F.C. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Royals sign Khumalo on loan". Reading F.C. 25 July 2011. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.readingfc.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10306~2595925,00.html
  7. ^ Παρουσιάζεται στις 19.30 ο Κουμαλό (in Greek). paok24.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "BONGANI IN PAOK LOAN". tottenhamhotspur.com. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "Bafana Bafana Captain Signs". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Rochdale". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  11. ^ Bevan, Chris (22 June 2010). "France 1–2 South Africa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 

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