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The SA women’s football team celebrate tournament success in Zimbabwe, September 2017 (SAFA)

Safa shows up for Banyana with over R2.4m worth of bonuses

Banyana Banyana were rewarded for their exploits in the 2018 AWCON in Ghana with a handsome bonus cheque, courtesy of Safa.

Banyana Banyana World Cup

The SA women’s football team celebrate tournament success in Zimbabwe, September 2017 (SAFA)

Banyana Banyana’s heroics in the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) in Ghana has earned them a R2.4 million bonus, courtesy of the South African Football Association (Safa).

The team finished the competition as runners-up, in the process, securing a spot in next year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup in France by qualifying for the final.

They received a hero’s welcome upon arrival at OR Tambo International Airport on Sunday, and were handed bonuses amounting to R2 415 000, which will be shared among the 21-strong squad.

This was after they fell on the final hurdle in the competition, losing to Nigeria 4-3 on penalties on Saturday after things ended goalless in 120 minutes of open play.

Banyana had kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 victory over the more fancied Super Falcons, which they followed up with a 7-1 thrashing of Equatorial Guinea, before drawing 1-1 with Zambia in what was a dead-rubber encounter.

They booked their place in France with a 2-0 victory over Mali in the semi-final, thanks to goals from Thembi Kgatlana and Lebohang Ramalepe, with the latter going on to finish the tournament as leading goal scorer after banging in five goals in as many matches.

Safa finally shows up for Banyana Banyana

Banyana’s success in Ghana threw into the spotlight the vast wage gap between themselves and their male counterparts, Bafana Bafana.

In the lead up to the tournament, one player – speaking anonymously in a radio interview – detailed how Safa had not followed up on incentives promised to the team, despite the players seeing through their part of the bargain.

According to the player, Banyana were promised win bonuses ahead of the Cosafa Cup – which they finished as champions – and were also promised further incentives should they qualify for the recently-completed AWCON.

Banyana claimed that the association did not keep their promise on both occasions, with the team’s sponsor Sasol the only ones handing out bonuses to the players.