Khumalo will add value to the club – Igesund

Bongani Khumalo in action for Supersport United during the 2015 Cape Town Cup (Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix)

Bongani Khumalo in action for Supersport United during the 2015 Cape Town Cup (Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix)

SuperSport United coach Gordon Igesund believes the role of defender Bongani Khumalo will be to mentor the team’s youngsters.

Khumalo, currently a free agent after parting ways with English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, is said to have agreed to join the club, with only the paperwork outstanding.

He has been training with Matsatsantsa to keep fit but with his move back to Europe unlikely to happen at this stage, United are said to have offered him a short deal which he has accepted.

“I think Bongani will have a huge impact in the sense that he is vastly experienced,” said Igesund after the club unveiled their new players in Randburg.

“We have a very young team. Thabo Moloi at rightback is 21, Morne Nel is 18 – a couple of Under-23s – so we have a very young team and Bongani will bring us loads of experience.

“He will be able to help carry out my instructions to the team, he will know exactly what I need and what I want. He will make sure that on the pitch he is guiding some of the younger players.
“He will add huge value. He has a long history with the club and he is only 28.”

The club confirmed the capture of Phumelele Bhengu, who was the top scorer last season in the National First Division, Grant Kekana, who was part of a swap deal that saw Thabiso Nkoana move to the University of Pretoria, Michael Boxall from New Zealand and Denwin Farmer, who has been promoted from the club’s development ranks.

Igesund said Khumalo indicated earlier that, contrary to reports, he is available to play in the PSL.

“Over the last four weeks I have had him, he has applied himself tremendously and he is a very good professional,” said the enthusiastic Igesund.

“He has got stuck in at every training session and he wants to impress me, he wants me to say: ‘I want this player’.

“For the first two or three weeks he had to show me on the training field that he’s got what I want and he is available.”

The four-time Premiership- winning coach said Khumalo would be one of the contenders for a place in the starting line-up in the upcoming Absa Premiership campaign.

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