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Doctor – Why I Was Scared Of Teenage Dladla

Kaizer Chiefs legend Doctor Khumalo has revealed why he was initially scared of Teenage Dladla after he had heard four different stories about Ewert Nene’s passing during Dladla’s recruitment.

It’s a sad story in Chiefs history, as Nene, one of the co-founders of the Glamour Boys, was stabbed to death on a mission to sign one of Chiefs’ best ever players, Nelson ‘Teenage’ Dladla in Springs in 1970.

Dladla still signed for the club and became one of the stars of the yesteryears, with Khumalo now recalling how he first met the legendary number 11.

“You know when I got Teenage Dladla’s story, I got four versions. When I looked at the very same grootman in the dressing room, it was not with the same eye and I’m scared because they said somebody died while they were going to recruit him. Here he is my teammate,” Khumalo told iDiski Times in a tribute for Siphiwe Mkhonza.

“I was scared of how he was going to receive me and how he was going to perceive me. I was scared because blood was shed for this guy to be here and here I am.

“So that is why I’m saying based on my experience, all these things propelled me to be better, propelled me to put that smile on the supporters’ faces because I’m sitting amongst the best that have done it.

“If I fail to do that, I’m not going to be recognised as a hero. I’m going to be recognised as a failure because heroes made history and then who am I, if we don’t make history?”

Khumalo used the example of Dladla’s recruitment as a message for the younger generation, that they should be more interested in knowing the legends of the local game – something the late Mkhoza, who sadly passed away recently – was very fond of.

You can read Khumalo’s full tribute for Mkhonza in this week’s iDiski Times newspaper. Simply click THIS LINK and subscribe to our FREE WhatsApp channel to receive the latest edition.

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