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Eric Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Instagram

Kaizer Chiefs: The five highest-paid players in the Amakhosi squad

Join us in taking a look at Kaizer Chiefs jet-setting quintet of highest-paid players.

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Eric Mathoho of Kaizer Chiefs. Photo: Instagram

Kaizer Chiefs have one of the biggest wage bills in African football let alone South Africa with Amakhosi backed by considerable financial clout.

Kaizer Chiefs highest-paid players

Here we look at the five players who have the highest wages in the squad. The figures do not include bonuses, sponsorship fees or any additional sources of income.

5 Willard Katsande – R200,000 per month

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Latest sports news: Willard Katsande of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on the 12 January 2020 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

The 34-year-old Zimbabwean midfielder has stepped up into the captaincy void left by the injuries to Itumeleng Khune but has also established himself as an integral part of Ersnt Middendorp’s side.

Katsande’s influence on the side is born out by Kaizer Chiefs struggles when he is absent. With him in the side Chiefs have won 16 of 20 matches this season while they have lost five of the seven matches he has missed.

He renewed his contract with Chiefs earlier this season and is believed to be on a R200,000 per month basic salary.

4 Eric Matoho – R220,000 per month

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Eric Mathoho celebrates a goal during the 2019-20 PSL season. Photo: Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Eric Matoho’s partnership with Daniel Cardoso at the heart of Kaizer Chiefs defence has been central to the club’s success this season.

“Tower” Mathoho has committed the prime of his career to Chiefs and has been rewarded with a more than decent salary of R220,000.

The 30-year-old centre back has appeared 24 times for the Glamour Boys across all competitions this season and has shown that he can be a goal threat from set pieces, netting four PSL goals.

3 Bernard Parker – R300,000

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Bernard Parker of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 football match between against Polokwane City at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 14 September 2019 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

Parker returned to South African football in 2011 after a frustrating bid to break into European football ended with his release from Dutch club FC Twente.

He has nonetheless proved valuable to Kaizer Chiefs who have offered the player several extensions and helped him get back into the Bafana Bafana frame.

Taking home R300,000 a month makes Parker the third highest-paid player at Naturena.

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2 Itumeleng Khune – R480,000

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Itumeleng Khune of Kaizer Chiefs warms up before the Absa Premiership 2019/20 game between Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on 27 August 2019 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

Khune had a nightmare 2019 ruined by injury, but the club have shown great faith in their skipper and continue to pay his large salary while he was sidelined.

The Bafana Bafana stopper was the best goalkeeper in South Africa when he signed the multi-year deal he is currently on at Kaizer Chiefs and hopes to get back to his best.

Khune will have to battle Daniel Akpeyi for the gloves, while the Nigerian might be in line for an increase after helping Chiefs to the top of the PSL table.

1 Khama Billiat – R830, 000

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Khama Billiat during the Absa Premiership 2019/20 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FSoccer City, Polokwane, on 09 November 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Billiat has had his own injury problems and is yet to truly justify the massive wages he has commanded at Kaizer Chiefs.

The impact on Kaizer Chiefs wage bill was mitigated by being able to sign the Zimbabwe playmaker on a free from rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

Chiefs pay R10 million per year to Billiat before the taxman takes their cut. His current contract expires in June 2021 and he is currently the highest-paid player in the PSL.