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 31)
Place of birth Manzini, Swaziland
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Bidvest Wits
Youth career
000?–2005 Arcadia Shepherds
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2007 AmaTuks 50 (4)
2007–2010 SuperSport United 81 (8)
2011–2015 Tottenham Hotspur 0 (0)
2011Preston North End (loan) 6 (0)
2011–2012Reading (loan) 4 (0)
2012–2013PAOK (loan) 22 (0)
2013–2014Doncaster Rovers (loan) 30 (1)
2015Colchester United (loan) 10 (0)
2015–2016 SuperSport United 9 (0)
2016– Bidvest Wits 28 (2)
National team
2008– South Africa 42 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2017
‡ 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 Bidvest Wits 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]

South Africa[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]

Khumalo was released by Tottenham Hotspur at the end of 2014–15 season,[4] without ever playing a competitive game for the club in 4.5 years.

Preston North End (loan)[edit]

On 24 March 2011, Khumalo made an emergency deadline day loan move to Championship club Preston North End.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7]

PAOK (loan)[edit]

On 6 July 2012, Khumalo joined Greek club PAOK on loan, for one year.[8][9]

Doncaster Rovers (loan)[edit]

Khumalo was signed by Doncaster Rovers of the Championship for a season's loan on 31 July 2013.[10] On 6 August in his second game for Rovers he scored the winner in a 1−0 victory against Rochdale in the League Cup.[11]

Colchester United (loan)[edit]

On 14 March 2015, Khumalo joined Colchester United on loan for the rest of the season.[12][13] He made 10 appearances for the Colchester Community Stadium based club before returning to Tottenham.

Return to South Africa[edit]

On 4 August 2015, it was announced that Khumalo had signed for SuperSport United, leaving Tottenham Hotspur after 4 years and 0 competitive appearances.[14] He made 10 appearances in all competitions for SuperSport before moving to fellow Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits.[15]

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.[16] Khumalo was captain of the South Africa in the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

International goals[edit]

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


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  3. ^ "Bongani transfer complete". Tottenham Hotspur F.C. 7 January 2011. Retrieved 7 January 2011. 
  4. ^ "Retained and released lists submitted by Premier League clubs". Premier League. 10 June 2015. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 10 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bongani joins Preston". Preston North End F.C. 24 March 2011. Archived from the original on 27 April 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Royals sign Khumalo on loan". Reading F.C. 25 July 2011. Archived from the original on 5 August 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-30. 
  8. ^ Παρουσιάζεται στις 19.30 ο Κουμαλό (in Greek). Archived from the original on 21 May 2013. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "BONGANI IN PAOK LOAN". Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 18 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "Bafana Bafana Captain Signs". DRFC Official Site. Retrieved 31 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Doncaster Rovers 1-0 Rochdale". BBC Sport. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Khumalo Comes In". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Bongani Gets Clearance". Colchester United FC. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  14. ^ "PSL Transfer News: SuperSport sign Bongani Khumalo and Fagrie Lakay". Retrieved 4 August 2015. 
  15. ^ "Bongani Khumalo a Clever Boy". Bidvest Wits. Retrieved 7 January 2016. 
  16. ^ Bevan, Chris (22 June 2010). "France 1–2 South Africa". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2010-06-24. 

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