According to a report released by FIFA, South African clubs spent around R46 000 000 on international transfers in 2017.
The end of year report from FIFA details the extent of international transfers – a player moving from one association to another, made all over the world over the last year, with 15 624 deals involving 3 831 clubs being completed between January and December.
According to the TMS, there was a 239.5% increase in spending on international transfers from clubs in Mzansi compared to 2016, and in terms of, they’re outgoings of $3.9m (around R46m) they were only outspent by the Egyptian league at $4.9m (around R58m).
In terms of expenditure, South African clubs spent money on players such as Teenage Hadebe, Yannick Zakri, Yazid Atouba and Jeitoso among others.
Meanwhile, with regards to money coming in for international transfers, South Africa was also among the top nations in Africa, receiving $8.2m (just under R100m) in transfer fees. That’s a 311.3% increase on 2016.
A large portion of those incoming fees will have come from the sale of players such as Keagan Dolly, Lebogang Manyama, Phakamani Mahlambi and Tendai Ndoro.
Again, though, SA was bettered by Egypt, who made brought in $11.6m (nearly R140m) over the course of the year.
In total, there were 72 incoming international transfers in South Africa last year, and 83 outgoing ones.