Remembering a Legend Willard “Nduuuna” Mashinkila-Khumalo (June 11 1966 – August 23 2015)

Willard Khumalo
Willard Khumalo

Willard “Nduuuna” Mashinkila-Khumalo was part of the 1986 Highlanders squad that won everything on offer in the domestic football arena. They won the BAT Rosebowl, the Independence Cup, Heroes’ Cup, Chibuku Trophy, Rothmans Cup and Castle Cup. In 1987, he travelled with Highlanders to Germany where the club established a relationship with a Division One side Emstedden 05, a team that he joined in 1989. He was to return to Highlanders in 1990 in November in the Zifa Cup against Dynamos Football Club which Highlanders won.

QUOTE BY WILLARD KHUMALO

On

Doctor Khumalo

“Doctor” Khumalo of Kaizer Chiefs, Willard Khumalo suggested that the Khumalo of South Africa risked having to “change his name from ‘Doctor’ to ‘Nurse’.”

Willard "Nduuuna" Mashinkila-Khumalo
Willard “Nduuuna” Mashinkila-Khumalo

 

In the twilight of his career, he played for Zimbabwe Division One side Shushine following differences with Highlanders’ then coach. He also played for Zisco Steel and Lancashire Steel in the late 1990s before joining South African premier league side Free State Stars in 2000.

Willard "Nduuuna" Mashinkila-Khumalo
Willard “Nduuuna” Mashinkila-Khumalo

 

Another True Legend No More

It is with sadness that I received news of the passing on of Willard Khumalo, a colleague, brother and legend, from the Highlanders FC Secretary. It is painful to accept that he is gone, but the good moments he brought to us, on and off, the field of play, will always console us. My condolences to Highlanders FC family, the Khumalo family and all football players and fans on the loss.
Go well Great Warrior, we will always have you in our prayers.- Paul Gundani

 

Khumalo was part of the first Matebeleland Under-18 Coca Cola team.

 

Willard Khumalo was capped at both Under-20 and senior level whilst still at school and was chosen among the Soccer Star of the Year finalists several times. Khumalo was part of Zimbabwe‘s senior Cesafa team that beat Kenya 2-1 in the final.  He was part of the Dream Team that almost went to the World Cup final in 1994. He joined great footballers such as Peter Ndlovu, Bruce Grobbelaar and Agent Sawu among other Zimbabwean greats.

“Nduna” was a member of the conquering Dream Team in the nineties
and won several titles and awards while playing for Highlanders football
club.

After retiring from football, Khumalo remained a part of the Highlanders family after initially starting as assistant coach to Rahman Gumbo. He eventually took over from Rahman as head coach before moving on to the now defunct Mwana Africa Football Club which he took to the 2007 Caf Confederations Cup.

Willard Mashinkila Khumalo….Former teammate,brother and friend…Sad that you are gone my brother.I cant believe you are nomore.You lit up the soccer stadiums of Zimbabwe.We will hang on to the memories….May your dear Soul Rest in Peace!-Alois Gazza Bunjira

 

Khumalo also coached Lancashire Steel Football Club with which he won the Madison Trophy.  In 2001 he coached Zimbabwe Saints Football Club before being appointed Bosso welfare manager in 2013. Khumalo was also part of the Warrior‘s technical team in 2006 when he was assistant coach to Charles Mhlauri.

Khumalo also coached Botswana’s Nico Stars and Tafic Football Club

Mourners are gathered @S 22 Mzilikazi Bulawayo