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SA soccer stars earn up to R500k/pm

The new Bafana coach is also set to earn a hefty wage.

FILE. The highest paid footballers in the PSL were Siphiwe Tshabalala and Teko Modise, who earned between R300,000 and R450,000 per month. Picture: AFP/ FILES / OMAR TORRES

CAPE TOWN - South African soccer fans will soon find out who is set to replace Gordon Igesund as head coach to Bafana Bafana.

The South African Football Association (Safa) announced Igesund's departure from the national team two months ago.

He was employed on a two-year contract and was tasked with reaching the semifinals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and with qualifying for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, both mandates he failed to achieve.

The new Bafana coach is expected to be announced on Saturday and is set to be earning a hefty wage.

This sparks the question, how much do local footballers earn, and how do their salaries compare with footballer salaries around the world?

According to a report by local football publication Kick Off, in 2013, South Africa's highest paid soccer players in the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) earned between R3.5 million and R5 million annually.

This roughly equates to between R300,000 and R500,000 per month.

CEO at player management firm Prosport International, Mike Makaab, says, "In this country we've seen an enormous rise in earnings of our football players."

He says he doesn't think this has anything to do with goals scored, the perception of whether players are earning the correct amount or whether they deliver goals.

"I think the most important thing we need to understand about sport is that is it driven by many things."

Makaab says in the past the disparity between what South African rugby players and football players earned was massive.

"Rugby players were earning far more."

He thinks the majority of it has to do with things like television rights.

"It's all got to do with the business of sport as opposed to what people deliver."

Over the last 20 years, the PSL has grown to such an extent that it's now one of the world's top leagues financially.

The highest paid footballers in the PSL were Siphiwe Tshabalala and Teko Modise, who earned between R300,000 and R450,000 per month.

Former South African football star Benni McCarthy reportedly earned R450,000 when he played for Orlando Pirates in 2012/2013.

LISTEN: 567 Cape Talk radio host Kieno Kammies speaks to Prosport International CEO Mike Makaab.

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