Banyana Banyana celebrate their win

Banyana Banyana celebrate their win. Photo: Team Twitter.

‘Please pay them directly’: Fans tell FIFA after Banyana’s victory

After advancing into the round of 16 stage of the Women’s World Cup, each Banyana Banyana player will get R1 million from FIFA.

Banyana Banyana celebrate their win

Banyana Banyana celebrate their win. Photo: Team Twitter.

South Africans do not want the South African Football Association (SAFA) to touch the Banyana Banyana bonuses after the ladies advanced to the round of 16 stage of the Women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

As such, fans have been pleading with world governing body of association football, FIFA, to pay the Mzansi national women’s team directly into their bank accounts after their scintillating 3-2 win against Italy on Wednesday, 2 August.

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Banyana’s dreams of qualifying and clinching their first-ever World Cup win looked to be over when they were a goal down in the 10th minute after Italy were awarded a penalty. However, the South African ladies showed character after an own goal from Benedetta Orsi, as well as goals by Hildah Magaia and Thembi Kgatlana to finish second in Group G behind Sweden.

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Banyana’s next match will be against the Netherlands on Sunday, 6 Aguast, at 04:00 SA time.

Banayana beat Italy to reach last 16. Image: @Banyanabanyana


For making it into the round of 16, each Banyana play is guaranteed $60 000 (about R1.1 million).

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A few days before Banyana departed for the competition, there was a dispute between the players and SAFA regarding World Cup bonuses.

Whilst FIFA indicated that each player participating at the World Cup would receive $30 000 (about R552 000) with the money rising to $270,000 (just over R5 million) for the champions, SAFA had not committed to paying the players anything from its own pocket at the time of the boycott.

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In addition, the contracts that the Banyana players have with SAFA did not guarantee that the minimum $30,000 from FIFA would be paid to them. This is besides the fact that the associations themselves will be paid between $1.5-million (R28.2 million) and $4.2 million (R78.9 million) by FIFA for their national team’s participation.

The dispute resulted in the Motsepe Foundation contributing R6 million so players get an additional R230 000. Ithuba National Lottery made a further contribution of R2 million, which will be shared by the team.