Top 10 Highest Paid Football Coaches in South Africa DStv PSL 2021

Do you want to know who the highest paid football coaches in South Africa are? First, you should understand what PSL stands for, right?

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is a national sporting association tasked with establishing the South African Premier Division and the National First Division, South Africa’s two professional divisions.

Coaches in the PSL play an essential role in every club competing in the Dstv Premier League season. Their duty is to oversee and motivate the entire team (players, technical structure, marketing, and the owner), bringing more trophies and success to the club.

During the transfer window of each season, the Dstv Premiership has named some of the most expensive players and coaches over the years.

But who are South Africa’s highest-paid football coaches? That is precisely what the purpose of this post is to uncover. Furthermore, we will go through their history and why they have the right to charge such exorbitant rates.

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Stuart Baxter – Image Credit: Goal.com

Let us now investigate the top ten highest-paid coaches in South Africa PSL….

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Highest Paid Football Coaches in South Africa DStv PSL 2021

1. Stuart Baxter – Salary: R600,000- R800,000 per month

Kaizer Chiefs have secured their new coach with the return of Stuart Baxter to Naturena. Baxter and the Club have agreed to a two-year contract  plus a two-year option as the coach of Amakhosi’s first team.

The last man to lead Amakhosi to silverware back in 2015, returns in an attempt to bring trophies and success back to a side that is expected to end its 6-year trophy drought.

He has let loose during the transfer season, taking full advantage of the recent lift to the transfer ban. Baxter has already signed 7 stars over to AmaKhosi.

The English coach was in charge of Chiefs from 2012 to 2015. During his first stint with the Club, he won several trophies with Amakhosi, including two league titles in 2012/13 and 2014/15, the Nedbank Cup in 2012/13 and MTN8 during the 2014/15 season.

2. Manqoba Mngqithi Salary: R750,000 per month

  • Club: Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2007 – present

Manqoba Mngqithi, born April 25, 1971, is the joint-head coach of the PSL’s richest team, Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., as well as the division’s second-highest-paid coach.

Formerly a schoolteacher, the Umzimkhulu-born strategist has earned and continues to prove his position in the game. He has managed many PSL clubs, notably Golden Arrows F.C., whom he led to victory over Ajax Cape Town in the 2009 MTN 8 — a 6-0 thrashing of the latter – in his first tenure with the club.

Mngqithi brings a wealth of expertise to the table, having worked as a coach/manager for over 15 years. In 2007, he took his first formal coaching position with Golden Arrows. In 2009, he led the team to their first-ever cup victory, the MTN 8 title.

He had one-year stints with AmaZulu F.C. (2010–2011), Chippa United F.C. (2012), and Golden Arrows F.C. (a second stint; 2012–2013) before joining Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns in 2013.

Mngqithi won numerous PSL championships with the club during that time, including the 2016 Telkom Knockout Cup, the 2016 CAF Champions League, and the 2017 CAF Super Cup.

Following the departure of the famous Pitso Mosimane to the Egyptian team Al Alhy F.C. in September 2020, he was named joint-head coach of The Brazilians, alongside Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela.

3. Josef Zinnbauer Salary: R650,000 per month

  • Club: Orlando Pirates F.C.
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 1996 – present

Josef Zinnbauer is one of the highest-paid football coaches in South Africa. The former German midfielder, born on May 1, 1970, began his coaching career in 2005 with VfB Oldenburg.

After five seasons with the club, he took on a variety of reserve team jobs until taking over as head coach of Hamburger SV in 2014. He was only in charge for a year until being demoted to the reserve squad in 2015.

His next position as a head coach occurred the same year, in September 2015, when he was hired by the Swiss club FC St. Gallen.

Four years later, in 2019, Josef Zinnbauer returned to the PSL as the head coach of Orlando Pirates F.C., which was in a mid-table position when he took over. However, the Buccaneers finished third that season.

It only took the German strategist one year to deliver the club its first title, as they defeated Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. in the final of the 2020 MTN 8 Cup.

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4.) Erick Tinkler Salary: R650,000 per month

  • Club: Maritzburg United F.C.
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2013 – present

Eric Tinkler, who was born on July 30, 1970 in Roodepoort, is the current manager of Maritzburg United. Maritzburg United is a football team from South Africa that plays in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL).

He rose through the ranks and was dubbed a “skillful midfielder” during his playing days. He was a key component of the South African national team, appearing in 45 games and scoring one goal. Eric was also a member of the 1996 Bafana Bafana side that won the African Cup of Nations.

His club career took him to Europe, where he played for Vitória of Portugal from 1992 to 1996. After winning the Nations Cup, he was recruited by Cagliari in Italy, where he played for one season (1996-1997) before coming to England to sign for Barnsley F.C. in July 1997.

After five seasons in England (1997–2002), the 6ft1 midfielder moved to Portugal for three seasons with Caldas before returning to South Africa to play in the PSL with Bidvest Wits F.C. in 2005.

His first appointment in football management occurred in December 2013, when he was named head coach of the Orlando Pirates, a position he held until 2016.

After that, he was chosen the inaugural head coach of Cape Town City Football Club, and by June 2017, he had departed to become the head coach of SuperSport United F.C.

His tenure with the latter club lasted less than a year, as he left in March 2018. With a salary of R650,000, his current job as manager of Maritzburg United F.C., which he joined in January 2019, makes him one of the highest-paid managers in the PSL.

5. Rhulani Mokwena Salary: R650,000 per month

  • Club: Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2014 – present

Rhulani Mokwena, who works as a “joint-head coach” for Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., is at the top of the second half of this list, with a monthly salary of R650,000. His father, Julius ‘KK’ Sono, played for Orlando Pirates F.C. in the 1980s, therefore he hails from a footballing family.

At the same time, his uncle is Jomo Sono, the founder and coach of Jomo Cosmos F.C. in Mzansi. Mokwena did not pursue a career as a player; instead, he chose to work in the administration of the beautiful game.

Under famous coaches such as Cavin Johnson and Steve Komphela, he began his coaching career as an understudy at Silver Stars F.C., which subsequently became Platinum Stars F.C.

Rhulani will subsequently become one of experienced coach Pitso Mosimane’s assistants at Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. in 2014.

He assisted the team in winning the CAF Champions League in 2016 before going to Orlando Pirates F.C. in 2017 to act as an assistant to Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevi.

When his principle quit in August 2019, he was given control of the club for the following five months – until December – when he reverted to his former job as the club recruited German strategist Josef Zinnbauer.

Three months later, he was hired as the head coach of Chippa United F.C., a PSL franchise. His tenure with the club, however, was cut short by the suspension of football in South Africa, including the PSL, owing to the coronavirus epidemic.

His contract with Chippa United had expired when he returned, and he was named joint-head coach alongside Manqoba Mngqithi at Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.

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6. Benni McCarthy Salary: R600,000 per month

  • Club: Amazulu F.C.
  • Age: 43 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2017 – present

Benedict “Benni” McCarthy is now the coach of PSL club side Amazulu F.C. and earns R600,000 each month. Benni is now one of the highest-paid coaches in the PSL. McCarthy, who was born on November 12, 1977, in Cape Town, South Africa, is a well-known football legend in Mzansi.

As a player, he is one of the few Mzansi football players to have enjoyed a successful club career in Europe. His professional career began in 1995, when he joined with Seven Stars Football Club at the age of 17.

After two seasons, he moved on loan to Cape Town Spurs F.C. before becoming an Ajax Cape Town player when Seven Stars and Cape Town Spurs combined to create Ajax.

In 1997, he traveled to Europe to play with AFC Ajax, where he won the Eredivisie in his debut season, scoring nine goals. Celta de Vigo bought him from AFC Ajax in 1999, but he never quite found his spark, and then FC Porto came calling – first as a loan transfer in 2002, and then as a complete buy in 2003.

In the 2003/2004 season, he was the key man for the squad, which went on to win the Primeira Liga (with McCarthy leading the domestic scoring charts with 20 goals) and the UEFA Champions League.

Between 2006 and 2010, he played for Blackburn Rovers F.C. in the English Premier League (EPL), before moving to West Ham United F.C. for one season before returning to the PSL with Orlando Pirates F.C. in 2011.

Benni McCarthy won a division title in his birthplace after helping the Buccaneers repeat their treble-winning season the previous season.

His coaching career has not yet achieved the same level of success as his playing career. However, it all began in 2015 with an assistant management position at Sint-Truiden in the Belgian professional football division.

He resigned the position in 2016, and in 2017, he took over as head coach of Cape Town City F.C. in the Premier League. It did not go as planned, and he was sacked after 18 games with only two victories. Benni is the current coach of Amazulu F.C., having taken over for Ayanda Dlamini in December 2020.

7. Jan Olde Riekerink Salary: R600,000 per month

  • Club: Cape Town City F.C.
  • Age: 58 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2002 – present

Jan Olde Riekerink is a Dutch football coach who now works as the coach of Cape Town City F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL). He was born in Hengelo, Netherlands, on February 22, 1963, and played professional football as a midfielder.

His senior career lasted only seven years, and he played for Sparta Rotterdam (1986–1991), FC Dordrecht (1990–1991), and Telstar (1991–1993) before hanging up his boots.

His coaching background includes stints with youth and reserve teams (Ajax, Jong Ajax), as well as employment as an assistant manager (Porto, Metalurh Donetsk). He has held the position of head coach at Gent, FC Emmen, Galatasaray, and SC Heerenveen.

His most successful career, however, was with the Turkish club Galatasaray, when he won the Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup in 2016. Riekerink was named head coach of Cape Town City F.C. in 2019, after leaving Dutch club SC Heerenveen.

8. Steve Komphela Salary: R600,000 per month

  • Club: Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.
  • Age: 54 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2002 – present

Steven Mbuyi Komphela is the Senior Coach of Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., where he works with two other coaches, Rhulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi. His pay varies between R500,000 to R600,000, placing him eighth on the premium list.

Komphela began his career as a defender at Klerksdorp City FC, where he made 84 appearances between 1985 and 1989.

He joined Free State Stars from Klerksdorp City in 1989 and played 136 games for the club, scoring 14 goals. In 1993, he left the Free State-based squad to play with Kaizer Chiefs, Gaziantepspor, and anakkale Dardanelspor.

In his playing career, he appeared in 353 games and scored 25 goals. Between 1992 and 1995, he was also a member of the national team.

His career as a manager/coach began in 2002 with Manning Rangers, where he was born on July 1, 1967, in Kroonstad, South Africa. He has also managed prominent South African Premier Soccer League clubs such as Maritzburg United (two stints), Free State Stars (two stints), Kaizer Chiefs, and Golden Arrows.

His time with Kaizer Chiefs (2015–2018) was the longest he has lasted with any club since he began coaching, although he departed abruptly due to his inability to win a title.

It was a significant blow to his reputation, but he was able to resurrect his career with Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. in 2018. In 2019, he joined Golden Arrows before joining Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. in October 2020.

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9. Kaitano Tembo Salary- R500,000 per month

  • Club: SuperSport United F.C.
  • Age: 51 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2014 – present

Kaitano Tembo is currently ranked eighth on the PSL’s list of highest-paid coaches. Having rated higher in past years, he has dropped down the list this year due to many big-money transfers by coaches to other teams with a greater compensation package available.

Tembo is presently the head coach of the Pretoria-based football team Supersport United F.C., a position he has held for the past two years. He previously coached the team for a brief period between August 29 and September 3, 2014.

He was born on July 22, 1970, in Zimbabwe, and he was a defender for his country’s national team, The Warriors. As a Zimbabwean international, he earned 15 appearances (and scored two goals), participating in the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2000, and 2003, as well as the African Cup of Nations in 2004.

The hefty center-back began his club career with Dynamo F.C. in Zimbabwe before relocating to South Africa and playing for Seven Stars F.C. (1998–1999) and his current club, Supersport United F.C. (1999–2006).

Kaitano Tembo’s current deal with SuperSport United pays him a monthly salary of R500,000, making him the third highest-paid coach in the club’s history.

10. Steve Barker Salary- R400,000 per month

  • Club: Stellenbosch F.C.
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2008 – present

Steven Robert Barker is the manager of Stellenbosch F.C. in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL). He is not the only “Barker” who is well-known for his involvement with South African football.

He is the nephew of renowned South African football coach Clive William Barker, who led the country’s national side to their sole African Nations Cup triumph in 1996.

Steve Barker, who was born on December 23, 1967, began his playing career in 1990 with Wits University F.C. before moving to SuperSport United F.C. in 1999.

He began his management career in 2008 with the University of Pretoria Football Club, often known as Tuks F.C., and guided them to the Premier Soccer Division in 2012 before leaving in 2014 to coach the Durban-based AmaZulu F.C. His time with Amaqhawe lasted barely two years until the Maseru-born strategist signed with Stellenbosch F.C. in 2017, where he earns R400,000 per month.

A Quick Recap

Here is a list of the top 10 highest-paid managers in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League (PSL):

  1. Stuart Baxter
  2. Manqoba Mngqithi
  3. Josef Zinnbauer
  4. Eric Tinkler
  5. Rhulani Mokwena
  6. Benni McCarthy
  7. Jan Olde Riekerink
  8. Steve Komphela
  9. Kaitano Tembo
  10. Steve Barker

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