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MBABANE – Eswatini-born seasoned football administrator Kenneth Makhanya can be forgiven for wearing a smile that would easily win him a Colgate competition in these tough COVID-19 times. 

Makhanya, who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at South African soccer giants Mamelodi Sundowns, will rest easy knowing that contrary to the tough financial challenges faced by some professional clubs globally, he will not be experiencing salary cuts at the Pretoria based side. 

This is despite the paralysing economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, that has forced some professional clubs around the world to scale-down players’ salaries. 

Absa Premiership sides Amazulu FC, Highlands Park and Cape Town City have already come out to confirm facing challenges in paying their players’ full salaries since football activities were suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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While these clubs are running from pillar to post trying to manage their financial situations, it is a happy scenario for Makhanya and his Sundowns colleagues, as they will be collecting their full pay cheques at the end of the month.

This follows an assurance from Sundowns’ billionaire boss Patrice Motsepe that his entire team, including players, will get their salaries despite the financial challenges facing some teams due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A number of clubs in Europe including Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have confirmed that players have agreed to take pay-cuts while football remains suspended.

However, according to a report carried in the kickoff.com website, the super-rich boss insisted that his players and all the staff at Chloorkop including Makhanya will continue getting their salaries.

“It’s important (to pay the salaries),” Motsepe said during Thursday’s press conference in Johannesburg.
“We will continue paying salaries whether there is football or no football. We will continue to pay everybody who works for us their salaries, as if there was no coronavirus. “It’s an obligation. We have to do that.”

Motsepe has handed coach Pitso Mosimane a four-year contract extension at Sundowns that could see him become the highest-paid coach in South Africa, with an unconfirmed E1 million monthly salary being bandied around by the country’s media.

This has been a happy week for Makhanya at Sundowns as he was recently praised by Motsepe for doing an excellent job at the club along with other management officials. 

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