29% of PSL players earning ‘slave wages’ – report

A survey conducted by the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) has revealed that 29% of PSL players earn less than R8k per month.

Of the 195 of players interviewed by FIFPro, 25% said they were paid late by their clubs over the past two years.

Only 13.3% were earning more than R50k per month.

There has been outrage in South Africa this week after it was reported that Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma was earning just R5000 per month.

This is despite the fact that he played for the Chiefs senior team prior to the end of last season.

The South African Football Players’ Union (Safpu) has called for a strike and the introduction of minimum wages in the Premier Soccer League.

“The problem lies in the fact that we don’t have a minimum wage in the PSL,” Safpu General Secretary Thulaganyo Gaoshubelwe told Phakaaathi.

“It makes it very difficult … But we can’t have a situation in this day and age where a player is being paid R5000 a month. That is why we have called for a minimum wage. If we can agree on a minimum wage of R35 000 per month for a player with a contract in the PSL (Absa Premiership), and a minimum of R15 000-18 000 for a player with an NFD contract, then we will be good to go.”

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