The engine of the only AFCON winning Bafana Bafana


Doctor Khumalo is one of the former football players who contributed a lot in South African football. He played football with all his heart and never disappointed on the field of play. He started his career at an early age with Kaizer Chiefs Football Club and only played for the side in South Africa for 7 years.

He never played for any side and was only focusing on Kaizer Chiefs until he was given a contract in the United States of America (USA) in the MLS league and in Argentina where he played great football and was well respected by management of both sides and the fans in general.

Doctor Khumalo was also influential during the formation of the new South African national team (Bafana Bafana) in 1992 after the country was reinstated to FAFA again after a long time ban by FIFA because of the unrest in the country

Doctor scored South Africa’s first international football in 1992 when Bafana Bafana were playing against Cameroon in Johannesburg. He is in the history books for that goal he scored and is amongst the likes of Siphiwe Tshabalala who is also in the books of records for scoring the first World Cup goal in African soil in 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

He was also part of the Bafana Bafana team that won the first AFCON trophy in 1996 and played 50 games in total for Bafana Bafana. The team that won the trophy is still regarded as the best Bafana Bafana team ever as the record they held still stand and no generation has managed to beat that record.

When Doctor had the ball in midfield, all his opponents would be tracking backwards as they were aware how dangerous and skillful he was. Even the Brazilian players respected Doctor Khumalo a lot and they were aware of his abilities.

He is currently the team coach in the Kaizer Chiefs development sides and doing well. He was once the stand-in coach for the first team alongside Donald ‘Ace’ Khuse. He has been an assistant coach for the first team on a number of occasions and currently working on becoming the first team coach in future.

Doctor Khumalo was the best penalty taker during his playing days and he has not missed more than three penalties during those days. He has also one of the best playmakers and one of the best ball holders in the middle of play. He commanded respect in all spheres of the world because of his playing abilities and style in the field of play.

South Africa is very blessed to have former players like Doctor Khumalo who can still add value to the country’s football after retiring. He can be used in any football development for the benefit of the country. He is always involved in football activities.

Doctor is one of the former players who can be used by South African Football Association (SAFA) in the national team’s technical team to share the knowledge he gained during his playing days to motivate the current crop of players who are not much concerned about playing for their country.

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