While there can be no doubt that the Absa Premiership has only one rival in Africa, and that is the Egyptian League, judging by the number of returnees and the comments they make, money and conditions in the PSL are definitely on par with those being offered in lower ranked European leagues.
Congolese striker Kabamba Musasa, who has just returned from Israel, says he is not considering going back to their second tier league (Liga Leumit) club Maccabi Herzliya despite currently being without a club.
“I was never really on trial, I went there to finalise negotiations and put pen to paper after I had seen the set-up at the club. However, I didn’t sign for them in the end because they ended up offering me only about 30 percent of what they initially promised,” says Musasa.
The former Kaizer Chiefs player, who spent 12 days in the Middle East, says he was initially offered US$7 000 a month (about R54 000) but when he got there the club did an about turn and offered only a third of their first proposal, a mere US$2 000 (R15 500) salary.
“When I arrived they said I should accept the lower salary and sign for a season. They said when they gained promotion to the top league, they would increase my salary.
“But I couldn’t accept their offer. Israel is far away and I have a family to look after. It is better to be paid that kind of money when you playing in Africa and closer to your family.
“There is a Nigerian player at the club who is also leaving because he had money differences with the club after he picked up a career threatening injury there.
“I was not prepared to accept that kind of money while at the same time putting my career as risk,” explains Musasa.
Musasa, who has also seen service with Black Aces and Maritzburg United, has been in Europe before. He had a stint at the Turkish outfit, Istanbulspor.