Doctor Khumalo in action on the touchline when he was the Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach. Photo: Samuel Shivambu, BackpagePix

CAPE TOWN – He spent most of his professional career at Kaizer Chiefs, as a player and coach, but as they say, all good things have to come to an end.

And so it was for Amakhosi and Bafana Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo on Thursday, when he announced in Johannesburg that he will be leaving Chiefs to join Baroka FC as the technical director.

Khumalo, now 50, has never been given the head-coach gig at Kaizer Chiefs, despite years of service as a player, development and assistant coach and a scout.

But after around 30 years in total at Naturena, Khumalo has said goodbye to Chiefs and hopefully kick-start a coaching career that has largely been in limbo up to now.

Former midfielder Khumalo – who earned 50 caps for Bafana Bafana – will look to help Baroka head coach Kgoloko Thobejane ensure that the Limpopo side avoid another relegation battle in the new season, having survived the PSL playoffs in June.

Baroka have also brought in another Chiefs connection in Zambian striker Lewis Macha ahead of their Premiership opener against Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday (3pm kickoff).


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