Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa [ Stuart Baxter is 2nd ]

Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022

These are the Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022. It is therefore no surprise that the best coaches in South Africa earn huge salaries. As a matter of fact, it looks like coaches’ salaries are on the rise; every year the numbers go up, and the coaches get richer because if you do not pay, someone else will.

But who are the coaches in South Africa with the biggest paychecks? That is exactly what this article is intended to discover. Furthermore, we will also discuss their antecedents; why they have the right to demand such high fees. Without wasting time, let us now discover the top 10 highest-paid coaches in South Africa.

The Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022

10. Steve Barker Salary: R400,000 per month

Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa [ Stuart Baxter is 2nd ]
Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022
  • Club: Stellenbosch F.C
  • Age: 53 years old
  • Salary: R400,000
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2008 – present

Steven Robert Barker is currently the manager of the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) team, Stellenbosch F.C. He is not the only “Barker” to be popular for their association with South African football. He is nephew to Clive William Barker, the legendary South African football coach who lead the country’s national team to their only African Nation’s Cup title in 1996.

Born on December 23, 1967, Steve Barker started his playing career in 1990 at Wits University F.C. and then moved to SuperSport United F.C. in 1999. He began his managerial career with the University of Pretoria Football Club, popularly called Tuks F.C., in 2008, and led them to the Premier Soccer Division in 2012 before he left in 2014 to manage the Durban-based AmaZulu F.C. His stay with Amaqhawe lasted only two years as the Maseru-born tactician moved on to sign for Stellenbosch F.C. in 2017, where he earns R400,000 in salary monthly.

9. Kaitano Tembo Salary: R500,000 per month

Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa [ Stuart Baxter is 2nd ]
Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022
  • Club: SuperSport United F.C.
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Salary: R500,000
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2014 – present

Kaitano Tembo ranks ninth in the current list of Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022. Having ranked higher in previous years, several big-money moves by coaches to new clubs with a better pay package offer have seen him drop down the list this year. Tembo is currently the head coach of the Pretoria-based football club, Supersport United F.C. – a job he took up for the second time in 2018. He previously coached the team for a brief stint from August 29, 2014, to September 3, 2014.

He was born in Zimbabwe on July 22, 1970, and played for his country’s national team – The Warriors – as a defender. He won 15 caps (and scored two goals) as a Zimbabwean international, appearing at the COSAFA Cup in 1999, 2000, and 2003 and the 2004 African Cup of Nations. At club level, the bulky center-back started his career with Dynamo F.C. in Zimbabwe, before moving to South Africa and playing for Seven Stars F.C. (1998–1999) and his current team, Supersport United F.C. (1999–2006). His current contract with SuperSport United credits his account with a massive R500,000 every month, making Kaitano Tembo the third highest-paid coach in the clubs’ history.

8. Steve Komphela Salary: R500,000 – R600,000 per month

Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa [ Stuart Baxter is 2nd ]Steven Mbuyi Komphela is currently the Senior Coach at Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., where he works alongside two other coaches – Rhulani Mokwena and Manqoba Mngqithi. His salary ranges between R500,000 – R600,000 and places him at the 8th spot on the list. He has also managed top South Africa PSL clubs, including Maritzburg United (two stints), Free State Stars (two stints), Kaizer Chiefs, Golden Arrows, among others. His stint at Kaizer Chiefs (2015–2018) was the longest he had stayed in any club since he began coaching, but he left unceremoniously following his inability to win a trophy.

It was a big dent in his profile, but he somehow re-jigged his career at Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. in 2018. He moved again to Golden Arrows in 2019 before signing for Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. in October 2020.





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7. Ernst Middendorp Salary at Maritzburg United: R600,000

Highest Paid Coaches in PSL
Highest Paid Coaches in PSL
  • Club: Maritzburg United F.C.
  • Salary: R600,000

Middendorp has been coaching professional football at the top level for nearly two decades throughout Europe, Asia, and Africa. He holds a UEFA Pro License (Fussball-Lehrer) from the German Football Association and a UEFA Pro License (Fussball-Lehrer) from the German Football Association. Aside from that, Middendorp has had previous experience analyzing FIFA World Cup tournaments (2006 and 2010), as well as the 2012 European Championship.

Middendorp made his return to the Kaiser Chiefs on December 7th 2018. It was a 1–0 victory over SuperSport United on the 12th of December that marked his debut.

Kaizer Chiefs ended the 2018–19 season in ninth place in the Absa Premiership. The following season, Kaizer Chiefs finished in second place and earned a spot in the CAF Champions League for the 2020–21 season

On November 26, 2020, Middendorp will make his return to Maritzburg United. On November 27, 2020, he played in his first match, which ended in a 2–1 loss against SuperSport United.


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