As Kaizer Chiefs rebuild their squad with fresh faces, most players who were shown the door have to contemplate taking salary cuts to find new clubs.
Amakhosi parted ways with no less than 11 players in a mass clearout that included the likes of Lebogang Manyama, Leonardo Castro, Kearyn Baccus, Daniel Cardoso and Samir Nurkovic, who were reportedly on big contracts at the Naturena-based side.
The Glamour Boys' struggles have not made it easy for the departed players to upgrade or find better clubs like Mamelodi Sundowns or Orlando Pirates, which means most of the discards will have to settle for the so-called small teams.
However, some 'small teams' seemingly have the big bucks after Royal AM announced the signing of former Chiefs striker Nurkovic.
The Serbian marksman was one of highest-paid players at Chiefs with a reported salary of R950, 000 per month and given that he reportedly had offers overseas, he may not have to take a huge salary cut, if any.
Thwihli Thwahla are not shy to splash the cash on high profile players after the salary of former Mamelodi Sundowns defender Ricardo Nascimento was revealed.
Nascimento was in the Sundowns roster for the 2021/22 campaign, however, he was sacrificed in the January transfer window to make a foreign space for new signing Erwin Saavedra.
The Brazilian was snapped up by the KwaZulu-Natal side and he reportedly earns over R500, 000 at Royal AM.
Since Nurkovic is younger than Nascimento and was on a huge salary at Chiefs, he's lively to still be one of the highest earners at Thwihli Thwahla, given also that strikers tend to be more valued than defenders.
The Serbian forward was one of four signings unveiled by Royal AM, including former Swallows duo Ruzaigh Gamildien and Khetukuthula Ndlovu and New Zealand international Andre de Jong.
Thwihli Thwahla reportedly agreed on buying three players from the Birds for R1,5 million, including Dillan Solomons but the latter resisted signing for the KwaZulu-Natal side and joined Kaizer Chiefs instead.
Royal CEO Sinky Mnisi caused a stir after suggesting that there could be a dispute in the signing of Solomons by Chiefs but the matter could be have already been put to bed after Swallows Chairman David Mogashoa confirmed that Amakhosi were not in the wrong.
AM also announced Khabo Zondo as their new head coach following the resignation of John Maduka.
By Thato Bosoga
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