With Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates circling around the Bidvest Wits camp following recent events, one of the senior players there has a big financial decision to make regarding his future.
In the latest edition of Soccer Laduma, the Siya crew reported that Amakhosi were understood to be favourites to land defender Buhle Mkhwanazi as he, too, joins the long list of Wits players exiting the club after it was sold to businessman Masala Mulaudzi.
He plans to rename the team and relocate it to Venda.
Mkhwanazi is believed to be among the high earners that the new owners apparently cannot afford and could be sold before the move happens.
It’s thought his salary package is just over R3-million per annum, and at his age the next contract that he signs could very well be his last big-money deal. Mkhwanazi will turn 31 next year and depending on the length of his next top-flight deal, financially, he will want to make it worth his while.
While they have recently come under fire for a lack of activity in buying quality players or even spending money at all to recruit the crème de la crème of the PSL, Chiefs are thought to pay generous salaries.
Itumeleng Khune, Eric Mathoho, Willard Katsande, Bernard Parker, Leonardo Castro and Khama Billiat are all reportedly earning around that figure if not more – so Mkhwanazi can expect to join that elite list.
What works in his favour as well is the fact that there might not be a transfer fee (he could be given his clearance if he does not want to relocate and has not yet found a club) for Amakhosi to pay for his services, which opens the door for a potentially lucrative deal.
The worry, however, is if Mkhwanazi does not find a club that can pay the big wages, especially given that Chiefs are still waiting on their hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport regarding the transfer ban by FIFA.