Khumalo’s fine form last season for Tuks University saw him earn a move across town to Supersport United, where a slow start through injury soon gave way to a promising season as he cemented his place in Gavin Hunt’s squad.
Some solid displays in the heart of the Matsatsantsa defence have now led to a call-up to Carlos Alberto Parreira’s side which is set to face Zimbabwe tonight.
Bafana Bafana looked decidedly shaky in the centre of defence during the Nations Cup, presenting Khumalo with the opportunity to establish himself as a front-runner for the 2010 World Cup.
For now though he is just happy to be in Parreira’s plans.
“It’s great to be given the chance to take my game to another level and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Khumalo tells KickOff.com.
“It has been a quick rise for me, but it has been achieved through hard work. I am also extremely grateful to have been given the chance to establish myself quickly at Supersport. I have learnt a lot from coaches Gavin Hunt and Thomas Madigage.
“Also having players like Ricardo Katza and Siboniso Gaxa around, who have so much experience, is great. I play between the two of them and they are always shouting instructions to me during games.”