Kaizer Chiefs Great Doctor Khumalo Talks About Playing for Passion and Not Money, and Almost Joining Pirates

Kaizer Chiefs Great Doctor Khumalo Talks About Playing for Passion and Not Money, and Almost Joining Pirates

  • Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs all-time great Doctor Khumalo said that while he played football for a living, he was not motivated by money in reaching great heights
  • He was speaking on Nedbank Reality Football, a series of tell-all conversations delving into the lives, defining moments, and money choices of some of South Africa’s greatest footballers
  • He had advice for the new generation of football players, saying that they needed to plan for life should their careers not work out as planned

The great Doctor Khumalo said that money was not what kept him going throughout his illustrious career with Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana.

'Mtungwa' was speaking on the Nedbank Reality Football series, which goes deep into the lives, moments and financial decisions taken by some of the country's greatest every football.

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All-time great Doctor Khumalo almost joined Orlando Pirates once.
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According to iDiski Times, Khumalo said:

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"My first salary was R8 000, I was still in high school. I thought my life was going to change. I was waiting for the first cheque; I woke up and was told we are going somewhere. We went to a bank in Dube and my father had to sign for me, although it was my [bank] account. Overall, out of a 100, it was not all about money; 99% was passion, we really wanted to be there."

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Speaking about nearly joining the Amakhosi's great arch-rivals Orlando Pirates, Khumalo revealed:

‘They came to a tournament during the December holidays, and we were just visiting and the Pirates officials were there. They had just recruited [me], and Bobby [Motaung] went straight to his dad and said ‘No, they want to steal the boy [me]’ and I was taken to the Kaizer Chiefs office and then I signed a contract. By the time Pirates came, it was too late. My dad signed for me as I was still a minor.’

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The tell-all interview can be found at moneyedge.co.za, with previous and upcoming episodes focusing on legends like Jerry Sikhosana, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Teko Modise and more.

Ex Orlando Pirates striker says Kaizer Chiefs great Doctor Khumalo would struggle in today's PSL

Former Orlando Pirates striker Reason Chiloane is of the opinion that if Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs legend was a player from the current generation, he'd struggle in the Premier Soccer League.

As reported by Sports Brief, the 39-year-old pointed to the evolution of the local game because of a strong European influence negatively as the reason for his outlook.

He also said that from a physical structure point of view, Khumalo and other renowned players from the early days of the PSL would not cut it today.

Source: Sports Brief News