Bax­ter earns less than Mashaba and Mosi­mane

Sunday Times - - Sport Soccer - By MNINAWA NTLOKO nt­[email protected]­me­dia.co.za

● Bafana Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter earns a lot less than be­lieved. It emerged this week that the Bri­ton’s monthly salary is less than that of his pre­de­ces­sors, Ephraim ‘‘Shakes” Mashaba and Pitso Mosi­mane.

Sun­day Times can re­veal that the Bafana coach earns R490 000 a month, which is con­sid­er­ably less than the R1-mil­lion a month salary he was re­ported to be earn­ing af­ter he was ap­pointed to the na­tional team coach­ing seat last year.

His pre­de­ces­sor Mashaba, on the other hand, earned R550 000 a month and Mosi­mane took home just un­der R800 000 a month.

Na­tional team coaches have an op­por­tu­nity to in­crease their earn­ings through win bonuses but given that Bafana have hardly won matches un­der Bax­ter, the Bri­ton has al­ready lost out on hun­dreds of thou­sands of rands.

South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) com­mu­ni­ca­tions head Do­minic Chimhavi said that though he could not re­veal Bax­ter's salary, it was nowhere near the R1-mil­lion a month that has con­tin­ued to be linked to his name since last year.

“It is an as­so­ci­a­tion pol­icy that we do not re­veal salaries and fi­nan­cial pack­ages of em­ploy­ees to the pub­lic,” Chimhavi said.

“But what I can say is that the R1-mil­lion a month that has con­tin­ued to be bandied about in the pub­lic do­main since last year is far from it.”

Bafana play­ers get a R60 000 win bonus when they tri­umph in of­fi­cial in­ter­na­tional matches and the fig­ure goes down to R30 000 for a draw.

They do not get any­thing for a de­feat.

The same bonus struc­ture is re­tained when Bafana Bafana play against high-pro­file op­po­nents but Safa ne­go­ti­ates fig­ures down to a lower fig­ure when the na­tional team faces less glam­orous sides in friendly matches.

The na­tional team coaches’ bonuses are sub­stan­tially higher than the play­ers’ and they are de­pen­dent on the agree­ments reached dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions be­fore em­ploy­ment.

Af­ter beat­ing Nige­ria 2-0 away from home in an African Na­tions Cup qual­i­fier in June last year, things sud­denly went pear­shaped for Bafana and that com­mend­able re­sult was fol­lowed by de­feats to Zam­bia (CHAN), Cape Verde (home and away in the World Cup qual­i­fiers) and Sene­gal (home and away in the World Cup qual­i­fiers).

Bafana did man­age a lone vic­tory against Burk­ina Faso (3-1) at home in a World Cup qual­i­fier but that vic­tory was about the only high­light dur­ing a for­get­table qual­i­fy­ing cam­paign. Bax­ter’s charges plum­meted to new depths when they could not get past the open­ing stages of the re­cent Cosafa Cup in Polok­wane, suf­fer­ing the ig­nominy of play­ing in the plate sec­tion in a tour­na­ment that was played at home.

Bax­ter’s name was heav­ily linked with a re­turn to for­mer club Kaizer Chiefs and his salary was cer­tainly not out of Amakhosi’s price range.

But it seems get­ting out of a con­tract that ef­fec­tively runs un­til the 2022 World Cup and sat­is­fy­ing all the par­ties proved to be a bridge too far for Chiefs. Club boss Kaizer Mo­taung an­nounced for­mer Free State Stars coach Gio­vanni Soli­nas as the new Chiefs men­tor on Fri­day end­ing the spec­u­la­tion.

Bafana Bafana coach Stu­art Bax­ter.

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