Bongani Khumalo


Bongani Khumalo's story is a case of another country's
loss being South Africa's gain. The 23-year-old moved
from Swaziland at the age of two with his parents and
has decided to play for the country that honed his
football career.
The well-spoken Bafana Bafana defender, captain of
Supersport, the club that has won the Premier Soccer League
for the past three years, plies his football skills in the heart
of central defence, where he has played alongside national
team skipper Aaron Mokoena.
Khumalo was a member of the team that represented the
country with distinction in the 2009 Confederations Cup and
is almost a certainty for the World Cup squad. Considering
that, in 2007, the solid defender was playing lower-division
football for Pretoria university, his rise to the top can only be
described as meteoric. Like many other gifted footballers
expected to make Carlos Parreira's team, this central
defender is not far from landing a high-paying deal abroad.
�Phathisani Moyo

Lunch spot: Kream, Brooklyn, Pretoria