Doctor Khumalo profile

Doctor Khumalo made his debut at Kaizer Chiefs against Orlando Pirates in 1987.


Theophilus Doctorson Khumalo (born June 26, 1967), professionally Doctor Khumalo, is a former football player from South Africa. He played for the South African national team and Kaizer Chiefs.

Khumalo played as a midfielder. Many saw him among the best players in the position during his time as a player. 

In 1987, he made his first football appearance for Kaizer Chiefs in the Soweto derby against Orlando Pirates. He ended his career as a star midfielder at the Chiefs.

Doctor Khumalo
Doctor Khumalo biography
Doctor Khumalo is a South African former football player.
Quick Facts
Full Name:Theophilus Doctorson Khumalo
Other Names:Doctor Khumalo
Born:June 26, 1967 (age 55 years old)
Place of Birth:Soweto, South Africa
Nationality:South African
Parents:Eliakim Khumalo (father)
Mable Khumalo (mother)
Spouse:Blanche Garises
Children:Diego Khumalo, Carl Khumalo, Troy Khumalo
Occupation:Former football player
Height:1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Positions:Central Midfielder
Current team:Baroka (technical director)
Net Worth:R70 million

Early Life

Doctor Khumalo was born on June 26, 1967, in Soweto, South Africa, to Eliakim Khumalo and Mable Khumalo. His late father was a Kaizer Chiefs stalwart and founding member.

His father played for Moroka Swallows and Kaizer Chiefs as a talented midfielder in the 1960s and early 1970s. 

Living legend Doctor Khumalo comes from a family that loves and has contributed to South African football. Eventually, he fell in love with the game and pursued it.


Football Career

Khumalo started his professional football career with Swallows Reserves in 1984. Later, he went to Kaizer Chiefs and played for the team in their junior team.

Coach Ted Dumitru promoted him to the senior team a year after. His unmatched display of football skills made him a star player on his team. He did not play for any other football club but left for short overseas playing periods.

Doctor Khumalo entered a contract with Marcelo Houseman. The Fifa Agent took him to Argentina club Ferro Carril Oeste for half a year. From 1996 to 1997, he played for the American professional soccer club Columbus Crew.

The most significant part of his football career was in the 90s. He played for his football team, Kaizer Chiefs, and won three South African league championship titles. With the Kaizer Chiefs, he also won five knockout trophies.

His football skills and achievements earned him the 1992 South African Footballer of the Year. While playing for Kaizer Chiefs, he appeared in 397 leagues and cup games and scored 90 goals.

In July 1992, he was part of the South African squad for its first international match against Cameroon. In 1996, he also played for the South African national team at the African Nations Cup.

In the 1998 Football World Cup, he played for South Africa and played in the national team fifty times. He was captain twice and scored nine goals.

Chiefs and Bafana Bafana legend Khumalo wore a number15 jersey. 

Post Footballer Career

The living legend retired from playing football in 2002 but became a player-coach in 2004. Khumalo’s coaching skills were evident in the 2002/03 football season.

With Donald “Ace” Khuse, he led Kaizer Chiefs to a 12-game unbeaten record. Both earned a joint Coach of the Month PSL Award. However, he has mentioned his intention to be a soccer administrator.

Doctor Khumalo has SAFA Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 coaching licenses. In 2005, he obtained an English Football Association license.

In 2007, he obtained a UEFA B license through the German Football Federation. He has worked as head coach for the Kaizer Chiefs Under-17 team. Khumalo has also worked as an assistant coach for the team.

Since 2004, he has been a TV soccer commentator and presenter. In 2004, the football personality was voted 62nd in the Top 100 Great South Africans.

His current team is Baroka, where he works as technical director. 


Khumalo is a skillful actor and made his first acting appearance in Themba. He played the coach of the under-21s in the German/South African production.

Personal Life

Khumalo is a husband and father. His current wife, Blanche Garises, is from Namibia, and they married in 2007.

His 25-year-old first daughter, Theonada Livin Khumalo, died on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

The football legend has other children, Diego Khumalo, Carl Khumalo, and Troy Khumalo. Doctor Khumalo’s father died in a hijacking in 1996.


Doctor loves to play with the best toys and has one of the best. Briefly reports that Khumalo has a Ford Mustang estimated to be worth over R893,200.

Net Worth

Living legend Doctor Khumalo has been in the football space for a long time. His achievements speak for him. He has played for clubs in South Africa and abroad. 

Khumalo has worked and coached several clubs, including Kaizer Chiefs. According to Buzz South Africa, he has a Net Worth of R70 million as of October 2022.