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The Kaizer Chiefs manager search is one of the hottest topics in South African football right now. Has a wildcard candidate emerged from under the radar?Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

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Top FIVE best earners at Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs is a good place to go if you want to earn some decent money in the South African Premier Division. Who are their top earners right now?

01-02-24 10:42
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The Kaizer Chiefs manager search is one of the hottest topics in South African football right now. Has a wildcard candidate emerged from under the radar?Image: Kaizer Chiefs website

Kaizer Chiefs is a good place to go if you want to earn some decent money in the South African Premier Division.

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KAIZER CHIEFS: BEST MONTHLY SALARIES

  • Keagan Dolly – R1,4 Million
  • Itumeleng Khune – R480,000
  • Zitha Kwinika – R370,000
  • Ashley du Preez – R300,000
  • Yusuf Maart – R300,000

It’s easy to envisage a situation where both Khune and Dolly are no longer Chiefs players next season. That illustrates a level of money mismanagement by the club, but also reveals an opportunity for them to considerably trim the wage bill as neither player has been an integral part of the starting XI for the last two campaigns.

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Kaizer Chiefs keeper Itumeleng Khune is still creating his return to the top. Image Source: (@ItumelengKhune/Instagram)

FORMER AMAKHOSI STAR BLOM TAKING HOME R6.2M ANNUALLY

Njabulo Blom is the second-best-paid South African in the MLS, earning $338k annually (R6.4 million) with Minnesota United FC’s Bongokuhle Hlongwane outstripping him with earnings of $610k (R11.6 million). Former Sundowns striker Cassius Mailula earns $291k (R5.5 million) annually. It’s not shabby at all.

**Note all of these are basic guaranteed salaries before bonuses.

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DOLLY IS AMAKHOSI’S TOP EARNER

You’d think Blom’s earnings would be far greater than anybody at Naturena, but you’d be wrong. As of 2024, Keagan Dolly’s basic monthly salary at Chiefs is R1.4 million, or R16.8 million annually. That means he’s earning far more than Hlongwane, the MLS’s best South African earner. What is the moral of the story? Become the top earner at one of the Big 3 clubs in South Africa and you won’t need to go anywhere else.

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Keagan Dolly is favoured to wear the Kaizer Chiefs armband next season. Image: @kaizerchiefs / X

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