Gavin Hunt

By Muambo Edward 

Football Writer, Cameroon

According to Moroccan publication LeSport 360, the best paid coaches on the African continent are from North which partly explains why the North African clubs have a strangle grip on the African club competitions.

From the list of the top six best paid coaches in Africa, only South African clubs have been able to match toe-to-toe with the North African giants.

On the sixth position is the hugely experienced and successful Gavin Hunt, the current Manager of South African Premier Soccer League side Bidvest Wits.

The 2016/2017 South African PSL winners are paying their 55 year old South African coach, Gavin John Hunt, a reported 38,000 USD a month.

The former right back moved into coaching as far back as 1995 after he called a day on his playing career. He has won four Premier Soccer League titles, three with Super Sports United and one with Bidvest Wits.

Fifth on the list is Raja of Casablanca’s French coach Patrice Carteron.

The 49 year old former Rennes, Lyon, Saint Etienne and Sunderland defender has a huge wealth of experience on the African continent, with coaching spells with TP Mazembe, the Malian national team and Al Ahly of Egypt.

He was appointed coach of three times CAF Champions League winner Raja Casablanca on January 31, 2019. He led them to silver wear two months later, by winning the African Super Cup against Espérence de Tunis, the second in Moroccan club’s history.

He earns 41,000 USD per month with the Moroccan outfit.

The fourth position is occupied by Greek coach, Takis Gonias, who is at the helm of Wadi Degla.

The 47 year old former midfielder played notably for Olympiacos, Panionios and Levadiakos.

As a coach, he had been in charge of Greek clubs (Glyfada, Episkopi, Kallithea and Ergotelis), before taking over at ambitious Egyptian club Wadi Degla in 2018.

The Cairo based football club was promoted to Egypt’s top flight for the first time in their history the 2009/10 season.

It took them only one season to gain promotion from the second division to the premier league in Egypt.

They own a large youth football academy. Their project is similar to that of ASEC Mimosas in Ivory Coast. The club has a close relationship with England’s Arsenal Football Club, Lierse in Belgium and Ergotelis in Greece.

Their coach ends a staggering 45,000 USD a month.

Third on the list is Mamelodi Sundowns’ South African coach, Pitso Mosimane.

The 55 year old former Orlando Pirates, Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder has four South African league titles, a CAF Champions League title and an African Super Cup title amongst his many accolades as a coach. He has also been at the helm of South Africa’s senior Men’s national football team for two years.

He earns 56,000 USD per month from the Pretoria giants.

Second on the prestigious list is Serbian coach Milutin Sredojević who is currently the man pulling the strings at Zamalek of Cairo.

The 50 year old former striker played notably for Grafičar Belgrade and Sinđelić Belgrade.

As a coach, Zamalek is his 10th club, after coaching spells with the like of Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Young Africans, Al Hilal Omdurman, Spartak Subotica amongst others. He has also been in charge of the national teams of Rwanda and Uganda and the Yugoslavian U-20 national team.

He is reported to earn the sum of 100,000 USD monthly.

Topping the prestigious list by some distance is 46 year old former Switzerland defender Rene Weiler who is the current coach of Africa’s most successful club, Al Ahly of Egypt.

As a player, Weiler played for FC Winterthur, FC Aarau, Servette FC and FC Zurich.

He began his coaching career in 2009 with FC Shauffhausen and went on to coach FC Aarau, FC Nuremberg, Anderlecht and FC Luzern before landing the Al Ahly job in 2019.

As a coach, he won the Belgian league title in the 2016/2017, and led Aarau to the Swiss top flight in 2012/2013 by winning the Swiss Challenge League.

He takes home the sum of 166,000 USD monthly.

These are the six top earners in the African dugouts and there is little wonder to see that their teams are amongst the continent’s top dogs with the exception of Wadi Degla.

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