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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
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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6. Benni McCarthy Salary: R600,000 per month

Benedict “Benni” McCarthy is presently the coach of the PSL club side, Amazulu F.C., and is on a monthly salary of R600,000. This makes Benni one of the Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022. His coaching career is not yet as successful as his playing career. However, it started with an assistant manager role in 2015 at Sint-Truiden in the Belgian professional football league. He left the role in 2016, and in 2017, he replaced Eric Tinkler as the new head coach of the PSL side, Cape Town City F.C.

It did not turn out as planned, and he was fired after 18 games, where he recorded only two victories. Benni is currently the coach of Amazulu F.C. after he replaced Ayanda Dlamini in December 2020.

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5. Rhulani Mokwena Salary: R650,000 per month

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Sitting pretty at the top of the second half of this list is Rhulani Mokwena, whose job as a “joint-head coach” of the Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. earns him a largesse totaling at R650,000 per month. He comes from a footballing family as his father, Julius ‘KK’ Sono, is a football player who played for Orlando Pirates F.C.

Upon resumption, his contract with Chippa United had run out, and he was appointed joint-head coach alongside Manqoba Mngqithi at Mamelodi Sundowns F.C.

4. Eric Tinkler Salary at Cape Town City F.C : R650,000

  • Club: Cape Town City F.C.
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Salary: R650,000
  • Years of Active Coaching: 2013 – present

Born in Roodepoort on July 30, 1970, Eric Tinkler is currently Cape Town City F.C.’s manager. Cape Town City F.C. is a football club that competes in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL). He has come through the ranks and was described as a ‘skillful midfielder’ in his playing days. He was an integral member of the South African national team, where he made 45 appearances and scored a solitary goal. Eric was also a part of the Bafana Bafana squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996.

His club career saw him venture to Europe and playing for the Portuguese side, Vitória, from 1992 to 1996. He returned from a victorious outing in the Nations Cup and was signed by the Italian side, Cagliari, where he played for just one season (1996- 1997) before moving to England to sign for Barnsley F.C. in July 1997. After five seasons in England (1997–2002), the 6ft1 mid{elder played three seasons in Portugal for Caldas before returning to South Africa to play in the PSL for Bidvest Wits F.C. in 2005.

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3. Josef Zinnbauer Salary: R650,000 per month

Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa [ Stuart Baxter is 2nd ]Josef Zinnbauer is one of the highest-paid coaches in the South African football division. Josef Zinnbauer moved to the PSL to resume his role as the head coach of Orlando Pirates F.C., who was in a mid-table position at the time he took over. However, the Bucs ended that season in third place.

It took the German tactician only one year to bring in his first trophy to the club as they beat Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. in the final of the 2020 MTN 8 Cup.

2. Manqoba Mngqithi Salary: R750,000 per month

Top 10 Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa [ Stuart Baxter is 2nd ]
Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa
Born April 25, 1971, Manqoba Mngqithi is currently the joint-head coach of the richest club in the PSL, Mamelodi Sundowns F.C., and also the second-Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022.

In September 2020, following the departure of the legendary Pitso Mosimane to the Egyptian side, Al Alhy F.C., he was appointed joint-head coach of The Brazilians, alongside Rhulani Mokwena and Steve Komphela.

1. Stuart Baxter Salary: R800,000 per month

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

“We believe we are on track with the changes we have made so far in the coaching and technical department after a challenging season domestically,” says Chairman Kaizer Motaung referring to the appointment of Baxter and Molefi Ntseki as Head of Technical and Youth Development Academy. “After extensive reviews and consultations, we decided to appoint Stuart because we believe he is one coach who understands our philosophy and culture. We know his work ethic and believe he will work with the team we have at the moment while trying to rebuild and ensure we have a formidable side for the new season.”

After leaving Chiefs in 2015, Baxter went on to coach a local team, Bafana Bafana and other teams outside the country. At Bafana, he worked with Molefi Ntseki and had a great working relationship.

Baxter will commence his duties as soon as the paper work has been finalised and he will work with Arthur Zwane and Dillon Sheppard as his assistants with support from Ntseki. The duo of Zwane and Sheppard will also continue coaching the reserve side.


The football scene in South Africa is very competitive. Teams want coaches who can win laurels and they are willing to pay a high premium for their services. This has brought about a situation whereby it costs a lot of money to attract a SA coach away from the South African Premier Soccer League. In fact, it is easier for coaches from Europe to end up in South Africa. That’s all on the Highest Paid Coaches in South Africa 2022.

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