Khumalo helps Alli win promotion and Colchester stay up in last day heroics

MK Dons

The Tottenham loanee has played a huge part in helping Colchester pull off a terrific escape from relegation to League Two, also helping MK Dons go up after the U's beat Preston 1-0.

Though he is somewhat of a forgotten man at Tottenham, Bongani Khumalo played a vital part in the League One relegation and promotion battles on Sunday, and will be in the good books of fellow third tier loanee Dele Alli, whose MK Dons side were promoted to the Championship.

Khumalo has played ten straight games for Colchester United since joining on loan in March, shoring up a back line with his World Cup experience. When he arrived the U's were in 23rd place, and a huge six points away from safety. The South African didn't sign in time to feature against Crawley on March 14, a 3-2 loss to their relegation rivals in what looked like a huge blow for Tony Humes' side, but it didn't take long for him to make his presence known.

Coming into the team in their next game against Yeovil, Khumalo helped the U's to five wins and three draws as they escaped relegation on the last day of the season by surprisingly beating promotion chasers Preston.

The Lilywhites had not lost a game since January, and started the day in second place, but George Moncur's late goal ensured that not only would Colchester stay in League One, two points clear of the relegation zone, but also that Dele Ali's MK Dons side would go up to the Championship ahead of Simon Grayson's side.

In a sense it was one Spurs loanee doing his bit to help another enjoy a fitting send off in his last game for the club, with Alli a promising young midfielder set to leave his hometown club to head to White Hart Lane this summer.

Khumalo on the other hand may end up leaving North London, with his contract expiring in June and having failed to make a first team appearance for Spurs.

Either way, if they pass each other as one clears his locker and another arrives, Alli is likely to give the 28-year-old a thank you slap on the back for his help in ensuring the Dons went up this year. 

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