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A Chat With Bongani Khumalo

We sat down with Bongani Sandile Khumalo who was born on the 6th of January 1987 in Manzini, Swaziland to ask him a few questions after his first day back at training with Gavin Hunt at Bidvest Wits.

Bongani started his senior career in 2005 at AmaTuks and aside from winning the League with Supersport United, has also played top flight club football in the English Premier League with Tottenham Hotspur from 2011-2015. Khumalo returned to South Africa for a short stint with SuperSport United, and has now transferred to Bidvest Wits.

Q: What brought this move about?

A: The 6 months at Supersport were a bit of a roller coaster and both parties agreed to part ways. 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.

Q: What made Bidvest Wits the right club for you?

A: I do know some of the players here already, and I have worked with coach Gavin Hunt before, I am familiar with his style of coaching and what he will expect from me as a player. 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. 

Q: How do you feel being reunited with your ex-coach knowing that you have won some cups and the league with him?

A: 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. 

Q: Coming in at this crucial time where the team needs to make an impact in the league, do you feel any pressure?

A: No, as player the minute you start kicking a ball professionally you sort of get to a point where you love it and you enjoy it.  It creates a stage and platform for you to play on.  Every player wants to play in big games you know. The stage has been set and I have always loved the great stage of football.

Q: Now that you have joined The Clever Boys what are your goals and ambitions?

A: To win the next game – thats the best way to look at it and just take it from there.

Q: Since you have returned from overseas you have received some criticism.  How have you handled that and remained positive?

A: You know it will always be there. The beautiful game is a game of opinions. 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.