Khumalo has grabbed his chances with both hands and become a trusted back-up in the absence of coach Carlos Alberto Parreira’s regular defence. He was one of the more impressive players at South Africa’s camp in Brazil ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ where the South Africans played a number of friendly matches to sharpen themselves. However, this was also an opportunity for players who, otherwise, are not regulars in this team to impress, and Khumalo certainly did so.
Though highly-rated by South Africa's second-in-command Pitso Mosimane, Bongani Khumalo has to date been forced to play second-fiddle to South Africa's established back four. That said, he has built a strong reputation for himself at club level and at just 21 is already captain of 2007/08 South African champions SuperSport United. Born in neighbouring Swaziland, Khumalo moved to South Africa at a young age. He joined his current club from South African second-tier outfit Pretoria University. Recently, Khumalo led his club, SuperSport United to a record equalling three back to back championships in South African League.