Lungisani Ndlela reveals all on PSL football earnings

Lungisani Ndlela.
Lungisani Ndlela.

In this edition of My Pay Cheque, former PSL striker, Lungisani Ndlela reveals all on the various salary packages he earned throughout his playing career.

Ndlela, who currently works as a correctional officer at the Emalahleni correctional facility says he spent most of his football earnings taking care of his family.

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"My most embarrassing salary was at Moroka Swallows," Ndlela tells KickOff.

"It was 2002, and they wanted to start me off on R2500 a month, I refused to sign and it later became R 3500, I was then told to look for my own place.

"I was playing in a tournament in Tembisa at Mehlareng, I was 24 then. After a game, I was approached by Gavin Hunt and who I asked to allow me to train with Swallows. He had come to watch.

"I trained in my own clothes at Swallows. My signing took place at team manager Bab'u Mtshali's home. My signing-on fee was R20 000.

"I decided to use it to dig a foundation at home for my mother so she could own a house of her own. At that time some of my teammates were earning R50 000.

"When I started scoring goals for them, they offered me R10 000, I told them it was too little. I told them to make it R20 000 and they refused. I then went to SuperSport United.

"They paid me a lot of money there, R30 000 per month. My signing-on fee was R180 000. Again I took all of it home and bought bricks and cement so my mother could see I was working.

"While I was busy playing for SuperSport, Mamelodi Sundowns made an offer. I used to give them problems during matches. I'm the reason they got rid of their trusted player Sashi Chalwe.

"I'm sure Mr Motsepe paid millions to get me. What they paid me as my signing-on fee enabled me to finish building my mother's house.

"My monthly salary at Sundowns was R65 000. I can't complain about what I earned in my football career, I managed to buy a few houses and built my mom a home."

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