Tottenham Sign South African Defender Bongani Khumalo – Because He’s ‘Not Expensive’

Ollie Irish

26th, October 2010


By Ollie Irish

The mighty Tottenham Hotspur have announced the signing of South African defender Bongani Khumalo from SuperSport United.

A pre-contract agreement means the 23-year-old will officially join Spurs when the transfer window re-opens in January 2011, subject to a work permit being approved.

Khumalo, who impressed during the 2010 World Cup, is raw but there’s no doubt that Spurs desperately need cover at the back.

Speaking last month, Arry Redknapp said of Khumalo:

He’s not expensive. We had him over on trial and we like him.

He’s got potential and we’ve got a tie-up with the club SuperSport so we’ve taken him on.

It will be a great chance for the kid. He’s a great lad. He comes from a poor background and he’s desperate for a chance and we’re going to give him a chance.

He’s “not expensive” – high praise indeed, Arry.

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  1. DaveRay says:

    I’d call £1.5m not expensive (for a football transfer) too.

    Not saying he’s going to be any good (I remember that he looked OK in the SA WC2010) but price is not necessarily a very good indicator of ability, some examples:

    Lennon, 1m
    Huddlestone, 2.5m
    Dawson, 4m
    Bentley, 15m

  2. nickthesaffa says:

    Poor background? ‘Arry you are mistaken, and although its just ignorance, it smacks a bit of racism. Khumalo is from a middle class background, unlike most players in the PSL, and he was often mocked by teammates for his posh accent

  3. nickthesaffa says:

    He also is studying towards a degree, unlike many players in the Premiership, in economics if I’m not mistaken

  4. spectator says:

    why do footballers who study always do economics? ryan nelson and milito were also studying economics (nelson may have completed his degree not sure). so you know, three in total. i think that’s enough to conclude from.

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