Story Behind My Nickname: "16V"


In this edition of Story Behind My Nickname, the origin behind Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo's nickname "16V" is revealed.

Though most nicknames in South Africa have more than one owner, there is only one "16V" and that is Mzansi legend Khumalo.

"He found me there at Kaizer Chiefs when he was promoted," Chiefs legend Zebulon 'Sputla' Nhlapo tells KickOff.

"It was around 1987 when he joined from our reserve side that used to play as a curtain-raiser for our matches, that's where his talent was noticed, as he was very young.

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"He was very smart, he is one of the best players to have donned the Kaizer Chiefs jersey.

"He had this football thing, he was gifted, and he was born into a football family as his father bra Pro used to train us.

"He was almost at the same level as the Ace Ntsoelengoes, when chips are down he would carry the whole team on his shoulders.

"The 16V Golf were the in-thing back then and just like the car, you would think he had a turbocharger just like the Volkswagen.

"Like most nicknames, even "16V" came from the supporters, the next thing it was all over the media.

"Doctor could create a goal out of nothing, a lot of players shone through him.

"Just like the car, he was good and handsome, you saw how he helped Bafana Bafana win the only Afcon trophy they have in the 1996 final, and he made Mark Williams shine."

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