Doctor Khumalo Bio, Wiki
Doctor Khumalo, whose full name is Theophilus Doctorson Khumalo, is a retired South African football player. He gained fame as a prominent midfielder for both Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national team.
Doctor Khumalo Age
Khumalo’s date of birth is 26 June 1967, and his place of birth is Soweto, South Africa. As of 2023, he is 56 years old.
Doctor Khumalo Height
Khumalo’s height is 1.82 meters, which is equivalent to 6 feet and 0 inches.
Doctor Khumalo Family
Khumalo’s father, Eliakim “Pro” Khumalo, was a renowned football player in the 1970s and early 1980s, and he played a significant role in molding his son’s soccer career. Khumalo’s mother is named Mable Khumalo.
Doctor Khumalo Wife
Khumalo is married to Blanche Garises. Blanche and her husband had four children in total, but sadly, one of them passed away. Their children are named Diego Khumalo, Theonada Livin Khumalo, Troy Khumalo, and Carl Khumalo.
Doctor Khumalo Career
In 1984, Doctor Khumalo embarked on his soccer journey with Swallows Reserves, eventually making his way to Kaizer Chiefs, initially playing for their junior team. Guided by his father, Eliakim Khumalo, a respected player from the 1970s and early 1980s, Doctor’s talent flourished. In the following year, coach Ted Dumitru elevated him to the senior team, marking his debut against arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.
Khumalo’s career predominantly revolved around Kaizer Chiefs, with brief stints overseas, facilitated by FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman. In 1995, he briefly played for Argentinian club Ferro Carril Oeste, and in 1996 and 1997, he joined the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.
The zenith of Khumalo’s soccer career was the 1990s, during which he played a pivotal role in Kaizer Chiefs’ conquest of three South African league championship titles and five knockout trophies. He was also named South African Footballer of the Year in 1992. During his time at the club, he participated in 397 league and cup games, scoring 90 goals.
Following South Africa’s readmission to FIFA in 1992, Khumalo represented his nation in its inaugural official international match against Cameroon, scoring the winning penalty in a 1–0 victory. He played a key role in South Africa’s triumph in the 1996 African Nations Cup and represented the country in the 1998 Football World Cup. Over his international career, he made 50 appearances for South Africa, twice as captain, and netted nine goals, ranking as the 13th most capped South African footballer.
A memorable moment in Khumalo’s career was the 1996 Mandela Cup match against Brazil, where his corner kick led to Phil Masinga’s opening goal, and he subsequently scored the second. Despite South Africa’s 2–0 lead, Brazil mounted a comeback in the second half, ultimately winning 3–2.
Khumalo retired in 2002 and later in 2004, transitioned into a player-coach role. In the 2002–2003 season, he, along with Donald “Ace” Khuse, co-coached Kaizer Chiefs to success, achieving a 12-game unbeaten streak and earning a joint Coach of the Month PSL award. He expressed his ambition to become a soccer administrator. Since 2004, Khumalo served as a television soccer commentator and presenter and was subsequently named the coach of the South African Under-17 national team.
In 2004, Doctor Khumalo was ranked 62nd in the Top 100 Great South Africans. He is married to Namibian beauty queen Blanche Garises.
He holds coaching licenses at SAFA Levels 1, 2, and 3, along with an English Football Association license obtained in 2005 and a UEFA B license acquired through the German Football Federation in 2007. Prior to this, he served as the head coach for the Kaizer Chiefs Under-17 team, working alongside Khuse. He also served as the assistant coach for the Kaizer Chiefs.
Khumalo entered the world of film acting in “Themba,” a joint German-South African production. In the movie, he portrays himself in the role of the coach for the under 21s. “Themba” tells the story of a determined young footballer named Themba, who confronts challenges like poverty, AIDS, and violence on his journey to eventually join the South African national team. This film adaptation is based on a novel written by Lutz van Dijk and had its premiere at the 2010 Berlinale.
Doctor Khumalo Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $5 Million which she has earned through his career.