Doctor Khumalo turns 52: 10 facts about the former football icon

Doctor Khumalo turns 52: 10 facts about the former football icon

Legendary footballer, Doctor Khumalo, celebrates his 52nd birthday on Wednesday and celebrates some of his most memorable moments.

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The word legend shouldn’t be used lightly and in the case of Doctor Khumalo, its completely justified.

The former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs football star stood head and shoulders above his peers in a golden generation of South African footballers.

Football followers took to social media to share their admiration for the man known as “16 valve.”

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Many people might not be aware that he actually started off playing football with Swallows Reserves.

He soon moved to join the junior team at Kaizer Chiefs and the rest is history.

Former coach, Ted Dumitru, gave Khumalo his first opportunity with the senior team as he started against Soweto rivals, Orlando Pirates.

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Amakhosi remained Khumalo’s home for the most part, other than short stints at Ferro Carril Oeste in Argentina and Columbus Crew in the Major League Soccer (MLS).

Khumalo won many trophies during his time at Chiefs and was honoured with the South African Footballer of the Year award in 1992.

The talented midfielder enjoyed a glittering international career as well as he played in Bafana Bafana’s maiden match in international football.

He scored the only goal of that game against Cameroon. recalls that Khumalo was also key to Bafana’s triumph in the 1996 African Cup of Nations.

The footballing great retired in 2002 with a record of 75 goals for Chiefs and 9 goals for the national team.

In 2004, Khumalo was also voted 62nd in the top 100 Great South Africans.

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