Khumalo relishing Preston chance

01 April 2011 07:38
Preston loan signing Bongani Khumalo believes he can make an immediate impact during his loan spell with the Championship strugglers.The South Africa international, 24, has still to make his competitive debut in English football since joining parent club Tottenham in January. [LNB]"It's a wonderful opportunity that's presented itself for me here," he told BBC Radio Lancashire. [LNB]"I'm here to work hard and help the team in anyway I can." [LNB]The defender was part of the South Africa squad that competed in the 2010 World Cup in his home nation. [LNB]He scored the opening goal in the 2-1 win over France in Bloemfontein.[LNB] It was amazing to be exposed to such a high level of football and the atmosphere was tremendous Preston defender Bongani Khumalo And he feels he can only learn from his experience in Europe. [LNB]"The structure between South African and English football is completely different," he said. "The football here is pure passion, aggression and it's fast-paced. [LNB]"Back in South Africa we've got a lot of catching up to do, but there is progress and it's positive, especially after the World Cup. [LNB]"Being part of the World Cup I've experienced the game at the highest level, but afterwards it took some time to see what it did to people's lives because the whole country was buzzing. [LNB]"It was amazing to be exposed to such a high level of football and the atmosphere was tremendous. [LNB]"Exactly a year before the start of the World Cup my mum passed away so to be playing in the competition a year later and celebrating a goal was a special moment for me. It was truly a priceless moment."

Source: BBC_Sport