Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo has advised players in the Premier Soccer League to be smart with their money.
Khumalo also revealed that his first salary was R8000 per month, and while that may not seem a lot for a professional footballer by today’s standard he says it was life-altering.
Doctor Khumalo reveals first Kaizer Chiefs salary
“My first salary was R8 000, I was still in high school. I thought my life was going to change. I was waiting for the first cheque,” said Khumalo on Nedbank Reality Football.
“One day, I woke up and I was told we were going somewhere. We went to a bank in Dube (Soweto) and my father (Pro Khumalo, also a former Chiefs star) had to sign for me, although it was my (bank) account.”
Doctor Khumalo in action. Photo: Tertius Pickard/Gallo Images
Legend urges young players to be sensible with money
The icon of yesteryear believes young players would be better off investing their money before buying flashy cars.
He credits Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung with helping him understand money and how to use it.
“My first car came later on… It was not from my first salary. It came years after I started playing. I don’t want to be greedy with the advice I was given, we received the information. We captured it and now it is our turn to share it with the next generation.
“This game is not about you deciding that you will play for 20 years. You can be disciplined, but if the unexpected happens, you could get a serious injury and be forced to quit the game.
“And the next thing you find that you only have the car which happens to lose its value. Investing is the greatest way of living because it means you are wise and you will not be in need.”