The cult figure from South Africa will never make that elusive Tottenham appearance.
In January 2011 Tottenham Hotspur snapped up then 24-year-old South African centre back Bongani Khumalo from Supersport United. The defender had impressed the previous summer for Bafana Bafana at their home World Cup - even scoring in their 2-1 victory against France.
It seemed an interesting buy and Spurs fans were hopeful that the new arrival would go on to be a hit at White Hart Lane.
Of course that was not the case.
Khumalo has been out on loan four times since being with the club, to Preston North End, Reading, PAOK Salonika and Doncaster Rovers. However, in his four years at White Hart Lane, he has never made a competitive appearance.
The last time he featured in a match-day squad for Spurs was way back in April 2012 for a fixture against QPR in the Premier League.
Nowadays the 28-year-old is a regular overage player in the Tottenham under-21s squad, often captaining the side. In the week he made the news for keeping Radamel Falcao quiet in an under-21 clash.
It seems that stirred the memory of his existence in the mind of Colchester United manager Tony Humes, because The U’s signed him on loan today.
Needless to say Tottenham fans are generally devastated at the news. Despite his apparent lack of ability he has become a cult figure for Spurs - perhaps for the elusive nature that shrouds the lesser-spotted Khumalo in such mystery and intrigue.
Now, with his contract expiring in the summer, it looks like Tottenham fans will never get to see Khumalo in action for the club.
#thfc Bongani Khumalo's off on loan to Colchester. Still one of my favourite Spurs players. He's never lost a first-team game you know.— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) March 14, 2015
Don't know what all the jokes are for. Khumalo's our second longest serving player— e (@ebbp) March 14, 2015
I've never seen Khumalo play, but now he's joined Colchester I'll finally get the chance to see how bad he actually is.— Callum (@CallumHaymes) March 14, 2015
Bongani Khumalo made the bench against Blackburn when he was 24 now he is 28 and still hasn't played a competitive match for Spurs— The Spurs Obsession (@LikeAHurriKane) March 14, 2015
@SpursOfficial how can we cope till the end of the season without Bongani khumalo ? Legend , captain , fantastic— Andrew (@Kaneology) March 14, 2015
Good luck to the man, the myth, the legend that is Bogani Khumalo.— Thom Robinson (@thom___) March 14, 2015
Don't use Khumalo's name in vain— jamesTHFC. (@james_tottenham) March 14, 2015
Bongani Khumalo might actually be my favourite ever Spurs player.— Milo Pearson (@themilopearson) March 14, 2015
Khumalo our u21 player that's actually like 27— Såm (@Gxtzinho) March 14, 2015
Can't wait for Khumalo's testimonial— Nabil Bentalad (@NabilBentalad) March 14, 2015
If Poch was a good manager he would of turned Khumalo into our first team CB by now— e-Spurs USA (@e_spurs_usa) March 14, 2015