Bongani Khumalo aware of his limitations as a footballer
Posted: 25 November 2015 Time: 16:52
SuperSport United defender Bongani Khumalo says he has never rated himself among the best talents in South Africa, but has come this far through hard work and tireless effort.
The former Bafana Bafana captain recently opened up in an exclusive interview about his return to the PSL, as well as his time spent in England despite failing to make his Premier League debut.
Khumalo fully utilised his opportunity with the national team to win over European suiters during the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, as well as at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, as he earned a five-year contract with Tottenham Hotspur.
The 28-year old featured in all three group matches at the 2010 tournament on home soil, and also scored in the 2-1 win over France in their final match before South Africa were eliminated.
Now, having faced a great deal of criticism over the years, Khumalo concedes that he has never considered himself the best footballer, but argues that he at least has experiences at the highest level to show for all his hard work.
“I’ve never thought for one second that I’m the best player, but I will work and fight, and never give up. That’s it,” he tells KICK OFF Magazine.
“I will never say ‘I was a great player’ but I’ll say ‘I worked hard, I grafted, I did whatever I could to improve’.”
Despite not making a competitive appearance for Spurs, Khumalo shares some interesting events that took place with the likes of David Beckham, Jermain Defoe, Luca Modric and Gareth Bale at the club’s training base.
He also goes on to share some heartbreaking facts about his past, while aiming to give people some insight on some of the challenges he has had to overcome in the last 15 years, which includes the untimely death of both his parents.
Catch the full one-on-one interview with the Swaziland-born defender in the December edition (Issue 464) – in stores now! Or download your digital copy here.