Loan Watch Special - Bongani on life at Rovers
24 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
On-loan defender Bongani Khumalo is relishing the physical tests currently being presented to him in the Championship.
The 26-year-old is enjoying a season-long spell with Doncaster Rovers, having previously spent time out on loan with Preston North End, Reading and Greek side PAOK.
He’s enjoyed some consistent outings so far this term – the latest coming on Saturday as he helped Donny secure a point from a 2-2 draw at home to Nottingham Forest.
The match saw the South African international – who joined us in the 2010/11 season from our Pretoria-based partner club Supersport United – make a number of important challenges.
Afterwards, Bongani said he’s glad to be getting on with what he does best, providing solidarity at the back as Donny seek to put distance between themselves and the lower echelons of the Championship standings.
“It's part of the job description to make important blocks and I’m just happy to have been given the chance and I want to do the best for the team and all those who have supported me. It's great to be playing week-in, week-out,” he said.
“I’m sure it must have been an exciting game to watch (on Saturday against Nottingham Forest), played at a good pace. It's a different style in the Championship but it's good for a defender – you learn to be stronger and what you can and can't get away with. This league poses a great challenge to any player.”
Bongani, who has linked up with fellow South African Dean Furman at Doncaster, feels his spell at the Keepmoat is helping his overall development as a player.
He added: “I'm thoroughly enjoying it here. I feel as if I'm getting better and the team is getting better.”
On his parent club, Bongani believes we are destined for big things, having seen the influx of quality players into our ranks over the summer, to add to the existing talent already thriving in our squad.
“I watch the games and Spurs have brought in some really great players,” added the Swaziland-born player.
“Watching them against Norwich was such an exciting game. It's a really great club and I believe Spurs will achieve great things this season.”