Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns striker Mame Niang has revealed that he took a salary cut to join AmaZulu after he was loaned out last month.
The Senegalese frontman had been playing in Cyprus for AEL Limassol during the first-half of the season. But he cut short his loan stint to return to South Africa in January following financial problems for his club in Europe.
Niang, who previously played in Germany for VfL Wolsfburg in 2007 and 2008, admits that joining Usuthu has seen his salary reduced.
"Joining AmaZulu it's not financial reasons because I had to cut my salary to come here," he said.
"From Sundowns' side it was more like a family reasons, partnership reasons between me and my agent, so it's something that we talked about and we decided that AmaZulu is the right place for me.
"Obviously the coach (Steve Barker) knows me well and it was good opportunity for me to come here."
The 31-year-old worked with Barker at University of Pretoria in the 2012/13 season, just after the club was promoted for the first time to the Premiership in 2011/12.
With Usuthu, Niang has made two appearances in the National First Division so far, although he was yet to find the net.