Pitso Mosimane’s fairy tale nine-month run with Al Ahly has been met with rewards, with the coach banking over R14 million in bonuses alone.
As head coach of the most successful team on the African continent, there is high pressure that comes with delivering the coveted CAF Champions League – but there are also handsome rewards for it.
For one, by beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final in Casablanca on Sunday, Mosimane walked away with a staggering $480 000 (±R7.1m) which is the standard bonus given to Ahly coaches for winning the continental gong.
Given that he has now won the competitions in two consecutive occasions, essentially the 56-year-old has pocketed ±R14m in just nine months!
This is in addition to the reported $120 000 (±R1.8m) a month salary that the former Mamelodi Sundowns mentor is believed to be earning at the Red Eagles.
Al Ahly have also shown in the past that they are not afraid to throw money at the players and staff, if need be.
Earlier on in the campaign, pressure was mounting on the Egyptian giants after they suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Simba, Al Ahly players and staff were handsomely rewarded after they beat AS Vita Club.
In addition, the club also gave the players a double bonus for their 1-0 semi-final win over Esperance in June, showing that the club is well capable of matching their lofty ambitions with financial rewards to the players and staff.
Mosimane will now switch his attention to the Egyptian Premier League where his side trail arch-rivals Zamalek by 10 points, although they do have four games in hand.
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