Money matters: How Motsepe inspired Niang

Fame & Fortune

The 34-year-old, who recently revealed that he is close to making a return to the PSL, has used the money he has earned throughout his career to invest in property and also open a Shisa Nyama business. That’s not all, he is also has a taxify owner.

Niang says he was inspired by words he heard from Mamelodi Sundowns president and mining magnet Patrice Motsepe.

“I own two properties in Midrand, I own a taxify and I opened a Chesa Nyama. The Shoprite was in Senegal, but I sold it. I am more involved with properties,” he tells

“When I joined Sundowns, I heard Mr Motsepe saying something important. He said ‘when you hear about these kinds of things [investing money for the future], then start that day. Those are the things soccer players need to understand. For me that was the trigger point. It was a wake up call for me.”

When he eventually retires, Niang says he wants to stay involved in football.

“Obviously I want to be involved in football when I retire, like coaching or being an agent. I don’t know how much time I left to play. I thought I would be done by now, but I am still going strong. I have not had injuries for the past three years, which is good. I will go on until I can’t do it anymore.