JOHANNESBURG – Bongani Khumalo looks back at the three Absa Premiership titles SuperSport United won with great pride, even though that time coincided with suffering on the home front.
The youngest captain to lift the league triophy at 23, which he did in the 2008/09 season and repeated the following season, did so during a tough time for him personally.
The first league title he won as captain, SuperSport’s second in a hat-trick of titles, came during a time when his mother was battling cancer. She lost that fight in the 2009/10 season which had many highs for Khumalo - featuring in the 2009 Confederation Cup and the 2010 World Cup on home soil. While those accomplishment with Bafana were great, captaining SuperSport to league glory is up there in his most memorable moments.
“That’s going back to almost 10 years ago,” Khumalo said. “It was a totally different crop of players, with a different mentality and in a different time in football. The game has evolved here at home, whether for the better or worse, that’s for the fans to judge.
But either way, it’s still a very competitive league. I don’t want to spend too much time comparing players and times, obviously back then it was a great time for the club.