Bongani Khumalo looking forward to new chapter at Bidvest Wits
Posted: 9 January 2016 Time: 14:04
New Bidvest Wits signing Bongani Khumalo is relishing the chance to shine in a new environment following his move from SuperSport United.
The former Bafana Bafana captain returned from an unsuccessful spell at Tottenham Hotspur at the start of the campaign to join Matsatsantsa, yet after an inconsistent six months in Pretoria, has now switched to joint log-leaders Wits, where he hopes to make his mark.
“The six months at Supersport were a bit of a roller coaster and both parties agreed to part ways,” the defender explains, as quoted on his club’s official website. “I personally thought a new fresh start would be great.
“It happens in football you know, sometimes situations don’t work out the way you want them to. I have moved into a new environment and I believe it will be a better one. It is up to me to make the best of it.”
The 29-year-old feels he will be right at home with the Clever Boys, and is looking forward to re-uniting with coach Gavin Hunt.
“I do know some of the players here already, and I have worked with coach Gavin Hunt before, and I am familiar with his style of coaching and what he will expect from me as a player,” he continued. “It is very encouraging when a coach believes in you and your abilities. If you have a coach that believes in you the sky is your limit, actually there is no limit.
“With Gavin Hunt you know exactly what to expect, he will be straight forward and honest. He is very demanding of his players. It is an environment I have been in before and I have gotten used to in all my travels in Europe.
“I am looking forward to working with Gavin and the team and having more success locally.”
Khumalo is aware of the many critics who have been sceptical of his performances since returning from Europe, but the defender insists he does not pay them any attention.
“You know it will always be there - the beautiful game is a game of opinions,” he said. “Not everyone will like you and some criticism is justified and it helps to keep you on your toes. At the end of the day it is something I do not focus on and I focus on improving myself.”
Wits kick off 2016 with a League fixture against Chippa United on Sunday.