The Premier Soccer League (PSL) is a national athletic organization entrusted with developing South Africa’s two professional divisions, the Premier Division and the National First Division.
Coaches play an important part in the PSL season for every team competing in the Dstv Premier League. Their job is to manage and encourage the entire team (players, technical structure, marketing, and the owner) in order to increase the club’s trophies and success.
The Dstv Premiership has identified some of the most expensive players and managers throughout the years during the transfer window of each season.
But who are the highest-paid football coaches in South Africa? That is precisely what this article is intended to reveal. We’ll also go through their history and why they have the authority to demand such high fees.
Highest-Paid Football Coaches In South Africa DStv PSL 2022
1. Stuart Baxter – Salary: R900,000 Per Month
Born: 16 August 1953 (age 68 years), Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Team: Halmstad, Finland team, Bafana Bafana, they, IF Skarp, AIK, England Under-19 team, Vissel Kobe, Helsingborg, Odisha FC
Spouse: Cecilia Baxter
Parents: Bill Baxter
Teams coached: South Africa national soccer team (Association football manager, 2017–2019), MORE
Children: Lee Baxter, Kelly Baxter, Natalie Baxter, Sean Baxter
With Stuart Baxter’s return to Naturena, the Kaizer Chiefs have a new coach. As the head coach of Amakhosi’s first squad, Baxter has agreed to a two-year deal with a two-year extension option.
It’s been six years since the last time Amakhosi won a trophy, but the team’s last silverware-winning manager is back in the fold.
He has taken full advantage of the recent lifting of the transfer ban throughout the transfer season.
2. Manqoba Mngqithi Salary: R850,000 Per Month
Born: 25 April 1971 (age 50 years), Umzimkulu, South Africa
Current team: Mamelodi Sundowns (manager)
Manqoba Mngqithi was born on April 25, 1971, and is the joint-head coach of Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., the richest team in the Premier Soccer League (PSL). He is also the division’s second-highest-paid coach.
In his previous life, the Umzimkhulu-born tactician was a schoolteacher who has earned and is continuing to prove his place in the game. As a manager, he has worked with a number of Premier Soccer League clubs, most notably Golden Arrows F.C., whom he guided to victory over Ajax Cape Town in the 2009 MTN 8, a 6-0 triumph over the latter, during his first stint with the club.
Having worked as a coach/manager for over 15 years, Mngqithi brings an abundance of knowledge and experience to the table. His first official coaching post was with the Golden Arrows, which he began in 2007. MTN 8 champions in 2009, he guided the squad to their first-ever cup triumph in the same year.
A year each with AmaZulu F.C. (2010–2011), Chippa United F.C. (2012), and Golden Arrows F.C. (a second spell; 2012–2013) before his signing with Pitso Mosimane’s Mamelodi Sundowns the following year.
3. Josef Zinnbauer Salary: R750,000 Per Month
Born: 1 May 1970 (age 51 years), Schwandorf, Germany
Team: VfB Oldenburg
Teams coached: Orlando Pirates F.C. (Association football manager, since 2019), MORE
Children: Noah Zinnbauer
Zinnbauer is one of South Africa’s highest-paid football coaches. The May 1st, 1970, a native of Germany’s West Germany began his coaching career with VfB Oldenburg in 2005.
Before becoming Hamburger SV’s head coach in 2014, he served as the club’s reserve team coach for five years. A year after taking over, he was demoted to the reserve team.
In September of that year, he was recruited as the head coach of FC St. Gallen in Switzerland.
When Orlando Pirates F.C. hired Josef Zinnbauer as their new head coach in 2019, the team was languishing in the middle of the pack in the Premier Soccer League. In spite of this, the Buccaneers finished third that year.
Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. was beaten in the 2020 MTN 8 Cup final by German strategists after just one year on the job.
4. Erick Tinkler Salary: R650,000 Per Month
Born: 30 July 1970 (age 51 years), Roodepoort, South Africa
Team: SuperSport United F.C.
Current team: Cape Town City F.C. (manager)
In 1997, after five seasons in England (1997–2002), the 6ft1 midfielder went to Portugal for three seasons with Caldas, before relocating to South Africa in 2005 to play in the Premier Soccer League with Bidvest Wits F.C.
When he was elected head coach of the Orlando Pirates in December 2013, it was his first post in football administration, and he kept that position until 2016.
Following that, he was appointed as the first head coach of Cape Town City Football Club, and by June 2017, he had left to take over as the head coach of SuperSport United F.C.
His time at the latter club was brief, lasting less than a year until he was released in March 2018. His current position as manager of Maritzburg United F.C., which he began in January 2019, earns him a salary of R650,000, making him one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier Soccer League.
5. Rhulani Mokwena Salary: R650,000 Per Month
Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. “joint-head coach” Rhulani Mokwena, who earns a monthly pay of R650,000, is the highest-paid player in the second half of this list, earning R650,000 per month. His father, Julius ‘KK’ Sono, was a former player for Orlando Pirates F.C. in the 1980s, and as a result, he comes from a family of footballers.
Meanwhile, his uncle Jomo Sono is the founder and coach of Jomo Cosmos F.C. in Mzansi, a professional soccer team. He opted to work in the administration of the beautiful game rather than as a participant, and he is grateful to his parents for that decision.
A former understudy at Silver Stars F.C., which later became Platinum Stars F.C. under legendary managers such as Cavin Johnson and Steve Komphela, he began his coaching career as an understudy at Platinum Stars F.C.
Rhulani will go on to work as an assistant coach with Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. under the guidance of renowned coach Pitso Mosimane in 2014.
The next year, he contributed to the team’s victory in the CAF Champions League, before moving on to Orlando Pirates F.C., where he worked as an assistant to Serbian coach Milutin Sredojevi.
6. Benni McCarthy Salary: R600,000 Per Month
Born: 12 November 1977 (age 44 years), Cape Town, South Africa
The team coached: AmaZulu F.C. (Association football manager, since 2020)
Spouse: Stacey Munro (m. 2014), Maria Jose-Santos (m. 2000–2007)
Dates joined: 2011 (Orlando Pirates F.C.), MORE
Children: Miya McCarthy, Lima Rosa McCarthy, Allegra McCarthy, Minna McCarthy
Parents: Dora McCarthy, Dudley McCarthy
Siblings: Jerome McCarthy, Mark McCarthy
Amazulu F.C.’s new coach, Benedict “Benni” McCarthy, receives R600,000 a month. Now, Benni has become one of the PSL’s most highly paid instructors. It’s safe to say that McCarthy is one of South Africa’s most revered footballers. He was born on November 12, 1977, in Cape Town.
There are few African players who have had successful European club careers, and he is one of the few from South Africa. With Seven Stars Football Club as his first professional stop, he was 17 years old and ready to take on the world.
Having spent two seasons on loan with Cape Town Spurs, he joined Ajax Cape Town after the merger of Seven Stars and Cape Town Spurs.
AFC Ajax won the Eredivisie in his first season in Europe in 1997, when he scored nine goals. AFC Ajax sold him to Celta Vigo in 1999, but he never quite found his spark, and then FC Porto came calling—first as a loan move in 2002, and then as a complete purchase in 2003.
McCarthy led the Primeira Liga scoring statistics in 2003/2004 with 20 goals, and he was a major member of the club that won the UEFA Champions League and the Primeira Liga.
After four years in the English Premier League with Blackburn Rovers F.C., he moved to West Ham United F.C. for one season before joining Orlando Pirates F.C. in the PSL in 2011.
A year after helping the Buccaneers win the Triple Crown, Benni McCarthy returned home to capture a division title in his native Tampa, where he was born.
Unlike his playing days, his coaching career hasn’t been as fruitful as his playing days. It all began, though, in 2015, with a post as assistant manager at Belgian professional football club Sint-Truiden
A year after his resignation, he was named the Premier League’s head coach of Cape Town City F.C. After only two wins in 18 games, he was fired after things didn’t go as planned. Benni took over as coach of Amazulu F.C. in December 2020, following the departure of Ayanda Dlamini.
7. Jan Olde Riekerink Salary: R600,000 Per Month
Born: 22 February 1963 (age 58 years), Hengelo, Netherlands
Spouse: Swanet Muskee
Team: Galatasaray S.K.
Teams coached: SC Heerenveen (Association football manager, 2018–2019), MORE
Siblings: Edwin Olde Riekerink
His current job is as the coach of Cape Town City F.C. in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League, a position he has held since 2012. (PSL). He was born on February 22nd, 1963, in Hengelo, Netherlands, and was a professional football midfielder for many years.
Prior to hanging up his cleats in 1993, he played seven years in the top league with Sparta Rotterdam (1986–1991) FC Dordrecht (1990–1991), and Telstar.
At Ajax, he worked as an assistant manager, as well as as a coach for the club’s youth and reserve teams (Porto, Metalurh Donetsk). In addition to Gent, FC Emmen, Galatasaray, and SC Heerenveen, he has served as head coach at each of those clubs as well.
In 2016, while playing for the Turkish club Galatasaray, he was able to capture the Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup. A year later, Riekerink was chosen head coach of Cape Town City FC following his departure from Dutch club SC Heerenveen.
8. Steve Komphela Salary: R600,000 Per Month
Born: 1 July 1967 (age 54 years), Kroonstad, South Africa
Spouse: Mamoepi Komphela
Teams coached: Kaizer Chiefs F.C. (Association football manager, 2015–2018), MORE
Children: Nombuyiselo Komphela, Noxolo Komphela, Nomalanga Komphela
Siblings: Butana Komphela
Parents: Jack Koyi Koyo, Nomalanga Komphela
Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. Senior Coach Steven Mbuyi Komphela works alongside Rhulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi. His annual salary ranges from R500,000 to R600,000, making him the ninth highest-paid executive in the company.
In his early years, Komphela played as a defender with Klerksdorp City FC, where he appeared in 84 games from 1985 to 1989.
Klerksdorp City was his previous club before joining Free State Stars in 1989, where he played 136 games and scored 14 goals. To play with Kaizer Chiefs, Gaziantepspor, and anakkale Dardanelspor in 1993, he departed the Free State-based team
While playing, he participated in 353 matches and netted 25 goals. He was also a member of the national team from 1992 to 1995.
On July 1, 1967, in Kroonstad, South Africa, where he was born, he began his career as a manager/coach with Manning Rangers. Maritzburg United, Free State Stars, Kaizer Chiefs, and Golden Arrows are among the clubs he has managed in the South African Premier Soccer League.
9. Kaitano Tembo Salary- R500,000 Per Month
Born: 22 July 1970 (age 51 years), Rhodesia
Height: 1.83 m
The team coached: SuperSport United F.C. (Association football manager, since 2018)
Manager: SuperSport United F.C.
The PSL’s highest-paid coaches currently include Kaitano Tembo, who is now rated seventh. The number of big-money moves by coaches to other clubs has pushed him down this year’s rankings, which he had previously occupied.
To date, Tembo has been Supersport United FC’s head coach for the past two years; this is his third stint in charge of the team. He previously coached the team from August 29 to September 3, 2014, for a short amount of time.
In 1970, he became a member of Zimbabwe’s national football team and played as a defender for the Warriors. He played in 1999, 2000, and 2003 COSAFA Cups, as well as the 2004 African Cup of Nations, making 15 games (scoring twice).
After beginning his professional career in Zimbabwe with Dynamo F.C., the big center-back relocated to South Africa, where he played for Seven Stars F.C. from 1998 to 1999 and Supersport United F.C. from 1999 to 2006.
His contract with SuperSport United now pays him R500,000 per month, making him the club’s third-highest-paid coach.
10. Steve Barker Salary- R400,000 Per Month
Born: 23 December 1967 (age 54 years), Maseru, Lesotho
Nationality: South African
The team coached: AmaZulu F.C. (Association football manager, 2014–2016)
The South African Premier Soccer League’s Stellenbosch F.C. is led by manager Steven Robert Barker (PSL). Not the only “Barker” associated with South African football is well-known.
Coach Clive William Barker, who guided South Africa to their lone African Nations Cup victory in 1996, is his famous uncle.
After making his debut in 1990 with Wits University F.C., Steve Barker transferred to SuperSport United in 1999. Barker was born on December 23, 1967.
Tuks F.C., or the University of Pretoria Football Club, is where he began his managerial career in 2008, and he led them to the Premier Soccer Division in 2012 before departing in 2014 to coach the Durban-based AmaZulu Football Club. When he left Amaqhawe in 2017 to join Stellenbosch F.C., the Maseru-born mastermind earned R400,000 a month.