The legendary former Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Doctor Khumalo, affectionately known to his fans as 16 V, might be returning to his home team. Khumalo left Chiefs in 2017 in search of greener pastures and a new role as technical director at Baroka FC. In 2018, however, Baroka decided to make changes to the technical team which left Khumalo without a job and he had to return to television as a soccer analyst.
Khumalo was also part of the recent Kaizer Chiefs 50thanniversary celebrations and sparked even more rumors of his return. The good doc also mentioned that being invited to the team’s anniversary celebrations was a reflection of their good relationship all these years.
Khumalo enjoyed success as a player for Chiefs having started in their development phase as a young footballer and moving up to the first team where he was regularly played. His extreme fitness and tirelessness on the field led to his fans giving him the nickname ’16 Valve’ which seemed appropriate for the star player who displayed immense stamina.
With a plethora of accolades including Footballer of the year in 1992, aged 25, Khumalo has definitely contributed immensely to the team that gave him his first shot at professional soccer. Having spent 17 years at Chiefs his loyalty is unquestionable and seems to be rubbing off on current players who have since renewed their contracts with Amakhosi.
Striker Bernard Parker and midfielder Willard Katsande extended both joined Amakhosi in 2011 and are heading for 10 years at Kaizer Chiefs. Their contracts were extended by one season ending in 2021.