Thabiso ‘Boyzzz’ Khumalo became the first South African to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League.

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Khumalo makes history in CONCACAF

Posted: 18 September 2008 Time: 9:11 am

Thabiso ‘Boyzzz’ Khumalo became the first South African to compete in the CONCACAF Champions League, playing for his new club DC United as they suffered a surprise setback at home in Washington.

Khumalo played for a full 90 minutes as DC United lost 2-0 to Deportivo Saprissa of Costa Rica in their opening match of the competition at the RJK Stadium.

Walter Centeno scored the opening goal just after the half-hour mark and Jairo Arrieta added a second shortly after the start of the second half.

DC United played a man down for the final 55 minutes after Devon McTavish was sent off.

Khumalo (27) played in midfield for DC United, who he joined on loan from Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

Khumalo made his debut last weekend for DC United.

He was taken off in the 68th minute of Saturday’s match at home to FC Dallas, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Khumalo, who was born in Soweto and was recently named among the most outstanding players in the just-ended United States Second Division campaign, has played for a number of lower division clubs such as Mid-Michigan Bucks, Chicago Fire and Charleston Battery in the US and had a stint with Alexandra United in his home country in between.

United States clubs are perennial underachievers in the continental tournament and their teams traditionally struggled in the CONCACAF Champions Cup.

Even though DC has taken part in three of the last four CONCACAF Champions Cup competitions, a string of high-profile letdowns has seen regional honors elude the four-time MLS Cup winners.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:25 am
HE NEEDS A CALL UP.BAFANA BAFANA NEEDS THIS GUY.
Anonymous
posted: 09:25 am
yaaah come and play 4 banana banana. we will convert you into a striker
Anonymous
posted: 09:26 am
Where is the news about the final? coaches are at it again playing mind games, trott says he wont risk Mbesuma for the final what does he mean? he mustn't risk Zuma since he's a injury prone player.
Mbesuma just came back from international game where he scored, so what risk is he talking about but then again it's mind games.

Anonymous
posted: 10:56 am
The only reason why Bafana Bafana is below par is because we South Africans are tolerating mediocrity.

This Khumalo boy was never good for any Psl team,but already you want to see him in BB jersey just because he played in an "American" champios league,typical illeterate & uninformed supporters,we are just fortunate that people like Alex are not part og the BB technical team.
Anonymous
posted: 02:05 pm
i agree with u 'maestro'...i suggest we call-up players only after they've been consistently good for at least a season in a quality league.
but having said that i think 'alex' would do a better job as a selector than some of the guys in that position...ha-ha
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
Hehehe banana banana.. Eish, ja ne.

doink: 2008-09-18 09:25
yaaah come and play 4 banana banana. we will convert you into a striker
Thokozani
posted: 10:50 am
"Khumalo makes history in concacaf"
What k#$k! It's not like he plays for barca or man u (or sundowns). his team lost, he plaid in lower leagues. We don't really know the guy. It's not like he won man of the match award. What's special? Is this how disperate we r for sensationally good stories? c'mon south africans. we have other things to write about (or to read about). How about the MTN8 Wafa Wafa? We can do better than this
Thokozani
posted: 10:51 am
"Khumalo makes history in concacaf"
What k#$k! It's not like he plays for barca or man u (or sundowns). his team lost, he plaid in lower leagues. We don't really know the guy. It's not like he won man of the match award. What's special? Is this how disperate we r for sensationally good stories? c'mon south africans. we have other things to write about (or to read about). How about the MTN8 Wafa Wafa? We can do better than this
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