Bafana Bafana star ascends to top of PSL salary rankings

Bafana Bafana captain Ronwen Williams is set to become the highest-paid player in the PSL following confirmation that Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns will be releasing their top earners ahead of the new season. 

Kaizer Chiefs have consistently topped the charts for the highest-paid players in South Africa over the years, with the likes of Serbian striker Samir Nurkovic and Zimbabwe international Khama Billiat emerging as the top earners in the division in recent seasons. Additionally, Keagan Dolly returned to Mzansi in spectacular fashion and received a blockbuster deal that saw him rake in a monthly salary in the region of R1.45m. As a result, South Africa’s premier division has seen two foreign-based players and one player who is no longer a part of the Bafana Bafana setup prevent national team players from becoming the PSL’s top earners. However, that is about to change…

Ronwen Williams set to become PSL top-earner 

SABC Sport recently confirmed that Kaizer Chiefs are preparing to part ways with Sifiso Hlanti, Keagan Dolly and Siyethemba Sithebe after the Amakhosi hierarchy opted against handing the star trio new contracts. Mamelodi Sundowns have also cut ties with their former top earner Bongani Zungu, who was receiving an estimated salary of R700,000 per month with the Brazilians. 

Williams’ future in the PSL had been the subject of much speculation in recent months following his heroic performances at the Africa Cup of Nations at the start of the year, but after negotiations with his club, the Bafana Bafana captain penned a new deal with the Brazilians last month that will see him remain with the PSL champions until the end of the 2027-28 league season. 

The Bafana Bafana skipper had a stellar season for his club as well, maintaining eight clean sheets in 10 CAF Champions League matches, while only conceding 11 goals in the PSL last term. As a result, the club were determined to keep ahold of the star shot-stopper and rewarded him with a bumper new deal that will now see him become the highest-earning player in the country. 

Pirates’ player departure puts Williams at the top of PSL highest-paid list

Williams’ new contract with the PSL champions included a significant salary bump, which will now reportedly see the Bafana Bafana skipper earn R500,000 per month, which is the same amount that Orlando Pirates midfielder Deon Hotto currently receives from the Buccaneers.

However, the Namibian international has been linked with a move away from Orlando Stadium in recent weeks, and should he depart in the offseason, the Bucs, Chiefs and Sundowns will all have new top-earners heading into the new season. 

Indeed all three PSL giants are likely to bring in new faces in the transfer window, which could see a new arrival become the highest-paid in the league, though most would likely agree that it is somewhat fitting that the captain of Bafana Bafana and a member of the PSL champions currently holds that honour.

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Devesh Jaganath