Kaizer Chiefs are considering bringing club legend Doctor Khumalo back to Naturena.
Doctor Khumalo, a former Bafana Bafana midfielder, recently parted ways with Baroka FC, with the club citing lack of funds to pay him his salary as the technical director as the reason for his departure. Dr Khumalo helped turn things around at Bakgaga, where he was the technical director and even stand-in head coach at times since moving to Limpopo in August last year.
With Kgoloko Thobejane still as the head coach, Khumalo was appointed as the technical director. Thobejane was eventually replaced by Macdonald Makhubedu, who was also let go later in the season, which saw Khumalo take charge until the end of the campaign.
They managed to just avoid the relegation playoffs by finishing in 14th position on the Premiership log. Now that Wedson Nyirenda has been brought in as the new man in charge, there is no place for Khumalo.
Now a source close to Amakhosi tells Phakaaathi that Khumalo is set to return to the club as the new coach’s assistant.
“Chiefs are convinced that they will be able to persuade Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to return to the team. And having worked well together before, Chiefs are keen to reunite them,” the source told Phakaaathi.
Khumalo’s possible return to Chiefs has raised speculation about current assistant coach Patrick Mabedi’s future at the club.
Mabedi is currently leading the team during the preseason training.
Doctor Khumalo’s agent Jazzman Mahlakgane also confirmed that Khumalo has parted ways with Baroka FC.
With many expecting Baroka FC to appoint the former Kaizer Chiefs assistant coach on a permanent basis, they roped in former Zambian national team coach Wedson Nyirenda on a two-year deal.
On the other hand, Nyirenda expressed that he would welcome an opportunity to work with his ex-Amakhosi teammate, but the club released a statement last week confirming that ‘16V’ has left the club.
Speaking to Goal, Mahlakgane said they will entertain offers at the end of the 2018 Fifa World Cup as Khumalo is busy with television work with the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).
Moreover, with Chiefs yet to announce a new coach to replace Steve Komphela who resigned in April this year, many have called for Khumalo’s return to Naturena.