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‘My First Salary As A Professional Was R1500’

Former Orlando Pirates defender Lizo Mjempu has disclosed the details about his first salary as a professional footballer.   

Following a career that also took him to Ajax Cape Town and Moroka Swallows among other clubs, Mjempu retired in 2016 to start a new career in coaching.

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The 36-year-old former left-back told the Siya crew that his first salary was R1500 when he started out in the professional ranks with Jomo Cosmos.    

“My first salary as a professional footballer was R1500 a month. That was my smallest pay cheque and I was at Cosmos at the time. That was in 2002 and I had just been promoted from the juniors. I was still in school and doing standard 10 (grade 12),” said Mjempu.

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“In 2003, after I received a call-up to the U20 national team, I got a raise and I was now getting paid R3000 a month. We didn’t know much about contracts and stuff at the time as Jomo (Sono) did everything himself on our behalf. You would just be told, ‘Sign here, it is for five years’ and Jomo would decide when to raise your salary according to how he valued you. We had no agents,” he added. 

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