South Africa’s Women’s Africa Cup of Nations winners are set to be rewarded for their success in Morocco, with a significant financial boost.
That’s after Sports, Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa pledged a further R5.8m to the squad in the form of a win bonus.
The cash injection from the sports ministry will add to the R9.2 million the players were already promised by South African Football Association President Danny Jordaan before they departed for the tournament.
That means the national women’s squad will split R15 million, with each player taking home around R577 000.
Banyana Banyana’s success has led to more calls for the women’s national team to receive the same pay as the men’s national team – Bafana Bafana – who have achieved little in the way of impressive results for a number of years.
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“It is going to be a law in this country that Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana will be paid equally,” said Mthethwa when the team were welcomed back at O.R. Tambo International Airport. “We are making that decision as the government. It’s not only Banyana Banyana, but all the women’s teams [to be paid equally], we are supporting them as government. We’ve said to SAFA that when we give SAFA money, they need to put a sum aside for women in general.”
“All these years we’ve been pushing and fighting for change and you can also see the strides women’s football has been taking,” Banyana Banyana captain Refiloe Jane told the SA Football Journalists’ Association after the final. “And also the successes for the clubs and for the national team. So, we kept on doing our job and hoping we can get the recognition we deserve. And also hoping with this win that things are going to change back home with regards to women’s football.”