Highest-paid Kaizer Chiefs players: Who’s in the top 5?

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Kaizer Chiefs players are some of the highest-paid and most heralded in the South African PSL.

It is not far-fetched, as Amakhosi is one of the most celebrated clubs in the country due to the many accolades they've received.

Amakhosi may be the most supported club in the country. They are the most decorated club in South Africa, and naturally, debates usually swirl around the team. One is how much Kaizer Chiefs players earn.

Without comparing the wages at Amakhosi to what is obtained in Europe, here is a breakdown of the highest and lowest earners at the club.

The top 5 highest-paid Kaizer Chiefs players

Kaizer Chiefs players are among the highest earners in the PSL. Amakhosi pay decent wages that can compete with any league in Africa.

Let us start from number five to the highest earner at the Amakhosi.

5 – Ashley du Preez – R300 000 ($16,066)

Kaizer Chiefs player Ashley du Preez
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Ashley du Preez joined Kaizer Chiefs from Stellenbosch in 2022. The 26-year-old striker made 22 appearances for the Amakhosi last season and scored six goals. In a poor start to the 2023/24 season, Du Preez has scored the only goal for Kaizer Chiefs this term.

The Kaizer Chiefs striker earns around R300 000 per month.

4 – Zitha Kwinika – R370,000 ($19,735)

Kaizer Chiefs player Zitha Kwinika
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Former Stellenbosch player Kwinika is the fourth highest-paid player at Kaizer Chiefs.

The 29-year-old defender joined the club in 2022.

He came through the ranks at Amakhosi. He gained promotion to the senior team in 2014.

Kwinika left for Chippa United and has sojourned at many clubs before returning to become one of the highest-earning Kaizer Chiefs players.

He was named the Players' Player of the Year in the 2021/22 season and earns a yearly salary of R4.4 million.

3 – Itumeleng Khune – R480,000 ($25,602)

Kaizer Chiefs' Itumeleng Khune with the mic
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Khune is a bundle of experience and has spent all his club career with Amakhosi.

Khune started as a striker when he arrived for trials at Chiefs in 1999, but assumed the gloves by chance after he experienced chest problems during a junior game and found himself becoming a ball boy.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper is the captain of Kaizer Chiefs and at one point, South Africa.

Khune has quick reflexes and was one of the top-rated goalkeepers in Africa in his prime.
Among the highest-paid Kaizer Chiefs players, he is third on the list.

2 – Khama Billiat – R830,000 ($45,338)

Kaizer Chiefs' Khama Billiat in action
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From CAPS United, Ajax Cape Town, Mamelodi Sundowns, and Kaizer Chiefs, Billiat has come a long way.

He joined Amakhosi in 2018 and has contributed immensely to the club. The 33-year-old Zimbabwean midfielder won the 2016 PSL Player of the Season Award.

He won many titles at Mamelodi Sundowns, including the CAF Champions League.

Billiat retired from international football in 2021.

1 – Keagan Dolly – R1.45 million ($77,613)

Kaizer Chiefs' Keagan Dolly on the ball
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Keegan Lavendon Dolly is the highest-paid player at the Amakhosi. The former Mamelodi Sundowns player has come a long way. He is also the highest-paid player in the PSL.

The attacking midfielder has supreme technical ability and quick feet. The 30-year-old also has impressive dribbling skills.

He won the 2013/14 Young Player of the Season and is doubtful he will top his current earnings.

The top 20 list of highest-earning players in the PSL includes five Kaizer Chiefs players.

While Kaizer Chiefs pay high wages, they also have low earners. Here are their lowest earners.

  1. Happy Mashiane (R40,000)
  2. Keletso Sifama (R40,000)
  3. Lebohang Lesako (R30,000)
  4. Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (R30,000)
  5. Sabelo Radebe (R30,000)

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 weeks ago

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