Tottenham Hotspur cult figure Bongani Khumalo explains how his survival celebrations were ruined

The South African, who had helped Colchester United to survival last weekend, was burgled later that evening.

Tottenham Hotspur cult icon Bongani Khumalo had what should have been a joyous weekend recently. He has helped loan team Colchester United to survival in their relegation battle in League One. He played in 10 games for the club - performing exceptionally well as they survived the drop.

But the weekend was soured. He has revealed to the London Evening Standard that his hotel room was ransacked and a very personal heirloom stolen by heartless thieves.

He stated:

“I arrived back at the hotel after what was a great win for a bit of a rest and then went out to meet up with the boys from about 8pm. When I came back later that evening, everything in my room had gone, including my car keys and my car.

“All my possessions had been taken including some sentimental items, one being a Bible that my late mother left me. It still had her notes and everything – that was always something that I’ve held dear to me.

“I don’t know – if there’s any universe where someone would find the good nature to just leave it back at the hotel or something, I’d be so grateful because that’s something that can’t be replaced.”

In January 2011 Tottenham Hotspur snapped up the then 24-year-old South African centre back 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.

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.

But despite this he remains a fan favourite with the club, something of a cult figure, and Spurs fans will be devastated to hear the news. Hopefully Khumalo will be reunited with this sentimental item as soon as possible.

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