PSL Coaches play an important role in any clubs participating in the Dstv premier league season.

    Their job is to manage and inspire the whole team (i.e players, technical structure, marketing, and the owner), bring in more trophies, and success to the club.

    The Dstv Premiership has over the years announced some of the most expensive players and coaches during the transfer window of each season.


    It is amazing to see how people are always so interested in finding out how much the next person earns.

    In a professional work setting, that is private and confidential information. But for our public figures, and football coaches, the same rules do not apply. Their salaries are splashed all over the media and we sit behind the screens and discuss whether they deserve what they are getting.

    However, that is not all we do. Some people see it as motivation. I mean if a football coach earns over R7 million rand per annum, why can’t I build a career toward that? So, weird as it is publishing how much someone else makes for a living, to the young boy at home deciding what to do next, it might just be motivation enough. And if that is the dream, I hope they find a nudge in the right direction.

    Motivation is not all we gain from someone else’s salary. We compare! It is human nature. One day we will have the uncomfortable conversation about how John and Mary are both Accountants, but John makes twice the amount with added benefits. Same story with soccer, we look at coaches from two different teams and try to justify why one makes 2 bars way more than the other.

    I do not want to be a part of the conversation because I believe in engaging in meaningful debates, and my mates’ opinions will be based on the team they support and not facts. But I will share with you which teams have the highest-paid football coaches in South Africa. What you do with the information is up to you.

    Let’s look at the highest paid Dstv Psl coaches in South Africa 2022.

    The Top  Highest Paid PSL Coaches

    1. Steve Barker – R4.8 million

    Steve Barker is currently the manager of Stellenbosch FC. He joined the team in December 2016 and is now one of the highest-paid managers in the DStv Premiership. AmaZulu FC and the University of Pretoria Football Club were previously under Barker’s management.

    2. Steve Komphela – R7.2 million

    Steve is a former Bafana Bafana player and current South African football coach. He formerly served as the head coach of Bloemfontein Celtic, Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows, and Maritzburg United. He is Mamelodi Sundowns’ senior coach at the moment.

    3. John Maduka – R7.2 million

    John Maduka was very successful as the head coach of Royal AM; however, he made the decision to leave his position with Shaun Mkhize’s squad. John Maduka was introduced as the new head coach of Maritzburg United at a special press conference that was held shortly after.

    4. Rhulani Mokwena – R7.8 million

    South African professional football manager Rhulani Mokwena serves as Mamelodi Sundowns’ joint head coach at the moment. He is Julius Sono’s son, a former Orlando Pirates player. Along with Manqoba Mngqithi and Steve Komphela, Rhulani serves as a joint manager. He was Chippa United’s former manager.

    5. Eric Tinkler – R7.8 million

    The ex-player for Bafana Bafana is one of the highest-paid in the DStv Premiership. He is now Cape Town City’s PSL head coach.

    6. Manqoba Mngqithi – R9 million

    Manqoba is a joint coach for Mamelodi Sundowns as well. He is one of the highest-paid football coaches in South Africa, earning R750,000 a month. Manqoba has been coaching football for more than 15 years.

    7. Arthur Zwane – R9.6 million

    Let us talk about South African football coach and ex-player Arthur Zwane. He is now Kaizer Chiefs’ head coach. Zwane committed to a three-year deal with the team, receiving an R800,000 monthly salary. With an annual compensation of roughly R9.6 million, as a result, he is the highest-paid coach in the PSL in 2022/2023.

    Previous Top-Earning Coaches in PSL

    1. Pitso Mosimane

    Club: Al Ahly, Egypt

    In recent allegations between Mamelodi Sundowns and Pitso Mosimane‘s management company, it was revealed Pitso was earning over a million rand per month salary at the club.

    Before he left Sundowns, Pitso was set to earn R1.5 million salary per month, a deserved salary due to the success he brought to the club since he joined.

    2. Gavin Hunt

    Recently sacked for a poor Psl season at Kaizer Chiefs.

    During his discussions after his contract was terminated before the end of it, it was revealed that Gavin Hunt was earning R833 000 per month salary at Chiefs. While that salary was cut short, the club settled a R2.5 million fee, for early contract termination.

    3. Jan Olde Riekerink: Salary: +- R600,000.00

    Club: Capetown City

    4. Kaitano Tembo: Salary: +- R500,000.00

    Club: Supersport United

    5. Ernst Middendorp: Salary: +- R400,000.00

    Club: Maritzburg United

    Although these figures couldn’t be confirmed by club owners nor their managers, it’s sometimes difficult to calculate the worth of Dstv PSL coaches, as we have seen in the past, some club managers come in and change things for the best or worst.

    Mostly, the only deal discussed in public is the transfer fee, but not necessarily the monthly coach salary.



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