Tottenham Hotspur cult hero Bongani Khumalo close to returning to former club SuperSport United

The South African defender could not obtain a working visa for the UK.

It looks like Tottenham Hotspur cult hero Bongani Khumalo is finally getting closer to finding himself a new club after his release by Spurs this summer.

The South African, who was wanted by Doncaster Rovers this summer, was refused a work permit to play in the UK so intends to head home to South Africa – according to several reports this week. reported that a deal was as good as done to see the player return to former club SuperSport United this weekend.

However, their manager Gordon Igesund has moved to calm such speculation of any done deal. He is quoted by as stating:

“At this moment I'm not sure if the club and Bongani Khumalo have come to terms. I will know later today.”

Khumalo spent the end of last season on loan in League One with Colchester United, helping the club to survival in their relegation battle with several solid performances at the back.

Tottenham snapped up the then 24-year-old South African centre-back in January 2011 from SuperSport. The defender had impressed the previous summer for Bafana Bafana at their home World Cup - even scoring in a famous 2-1 victory against France.

Khumalo has been out on loan five times since being with Spurs, to Preston North End, Reading, PAOK Salonika, Doncaster and Colchester. 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 he still remains an icon for many Spurs fans because of his excellent performances for the under-21 side and his humility in isolation from the first-team.

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