Former Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo has confirmed to the Siya crew that he has called time on his glorious career.
Khumalo’s career, which spans over 14 years has seen him ply his trade in three different countries, and turned out for nine different teams, including English giants Tottenham Hotspur.
It has also been a trophy-laiden journey for the man born in Manzini Swaziland, which includes four PSL titles - one where he made history by becoming the youngest captain to lift the trophy at 23 - two MTN8 titles, one Telkom Knockout.
He also boasts 40 caps for Bafana Bafana, which includes the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
Speaking to the Siya crew, Khumalo, who made 19 appearances in all competitions for SuperSport United last season, confirmed that he has quit the beautiful game at 34.
“Yeah, I’m done. I’ve retired,” Khumalo told the crew.
“I know I said I would have liked to play one more year but playing one more year, I know exactly where I would have been if I kept on playing and it’s the inevitable. Look football is gonna end. Its gonna end for everyone and for me obviously it was either one more – or not.”
“So, after careful consideration I thought I might as well call it time and start my life away from the game, which is obviously the rest of my life, really. So, it was just something in the heart where it felt like it was time to move on to other things.”
Asked about what the future holds, Khumalo said that he would be exploring business ventures that he had started whilst still playing, although he will not be lost to the game entirely.
“Well, it’s more of the same. There’s nothing that comes next that’s not already there. The only thing that has changed is I’m no longer a player, so I have a little bit more time to invest in other projects and growing the projects that I already am working on, which is the only difference.”
“My life is still the same, I just don’t go to football training anymore, I just do my own training in the gym, and I play golf now – that’s literally the only difference. In terms of my capacity in the game, only time will tell as to where I end up but for now you can call it a little bit of a hiatus.”