Coach Gordon Igesund revealed on Wednesday that the players have agreed to forego bonuses until the knockout stage of the tournament.
"They said they didn't want to get paid for the first game and they also didn't want to get paid for the second game, even if they win these matches,” Igesund said.
Khumalo, in response, says the priority for the players is to make the nation proud.
“Well, I think that speaks for itself you know – it shows the confidence we have in each other. The message we are trying to send out is that we are here to fight for our country. The guys have shown great courage,” Khumalo says.
Bonus negotiations disrupted the team ahead of the 2008 Afcon in Ghana, when some players refused to sign bonus contracts, the 2009 Confederations Cup, and the 2010 World Cup, when the team argued about which senior players should negotiate on their behalf.
Meanwhile, the PAOK defender adds that it will be a great honour to lead the team out on Saturday when they take on Cape Verde in the Afcon opener.
“It is a great honour … it is a great moment in my career, really special moment. I have great support from the coach and the players,” Khumalo adds.