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Bongani Khumalo ponders next move following departure from Bidvest Wits

14:37 GMT+3 10/07/2018
Bongani Khumalo
The former Bafana Bafana skipper says he remains ambitious in his football career and has shared some advice for the youngsters

Former Bidvest Wits defender Bongani Khumalo says he still remains hungry to play at the highest level despite being clubless.

The ex-Bafana Bafana defender says he wants to join an ambitious football club and he believes he still has a few seasons left in him.

Khumalo recently parted ways with the Clever Boys after playing 19 matches in all competitions last season.

However, the 31-year-old is one of the players who parted ways with the Clever Boys at the end of the past term and he is now looking for a new home.

The former SuperSport United defender left South Africa for Tottenham Hotspur in the English Premier League in 2010 after representing Bafana at the 2010 Fifa World Cup on home soil.

However, his failure to command a regular spot at White Heart Lane forced him to be shipped out on loan to a number of clubs such as Reading and Doncaster Rovers among others.

He made his return to the PSL in August 2015 to join Matsantsantsa, but he had a short stint before reuniting with former SuperSport coach Gavin Hunt at the Braamfontein-based club six months later.

With Wits, he managed to win the PSL title and the MTN8 Cup in the 2016/17 season before helping them to lift the Telkom Knockout Cup last season.

As a free agent, the Swaziland-born centre-back says he has endured ups and downs in his career and has urged the youngsters to be strong because a football career can take to you to many different environments.

“I am still hungry and desperate to achieve things‚” Khumalo told TimesLIVE.

“I still think I have a few good years left in me. In fact‚ at my age these should be the best years for a centre-back,” he said.

“I am very much keeping an open mind about my options and looking for a club that has vision and a good idea of where they see themselves in future,” continued the defender.

“In terms of where that club is situated‚ that is probably the least important thing for me because I have always moved around a lot in my career,” responded the lanky centre-back.

“I have gone through some difficult times in my career‚ both at home and abroad‚ and I feel like this is the best time to share that,” he added.

“I went out on loan a lot when I was at Tottenham because the most important thing for me was to get game-time‚ get minutes under my belt and become a better player,” continued the 31-year-old.

“As a young player it is not about the glamour of playing for X or Y; you just need to get minutes in matches to keep on learning. Even now, I feel like I am learning all the time,” concluded Khumalo.