SAFA president Danny Jordaan admits to they failed to act quickly on Banyana contracts Image Source: (@NewzroomAfrika/Twitter)

SAFA president Danny Jordaan Image Source: (@NewzroomAfrika/Twitter)

Jordaan admits SAFA should’ve discussed Banyana saga earlier

Unapologetic SAFA president Danny Jordaan has admitted that they should have discussed Banyana Banyana contracts saga earlier.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan admits to they failed to act quickly on Banyana contracts Image Source: (@NewzroomAfrika/Twitter)

SAFA president Danny Jordaan Image Source: (@NewzroomAfrika/Twitter)

After the saga involving SAFA and Banyana Banyana was eventually solved on Wednesday morning, SAFA president Danny Jordaan admitted they acted too late.

Jordaan said during a press conference in Sandton, that as SAFA they conceded that contract negotiations and bonus-related matters should have been addressed on time.

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The embattled SAFA boss and his executive have come underfire after Banyana felt they deserved to be fairly rewarded ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

Banyana boycotted the send-off match against Botswana on Sunday citing poor pitch standard at Tsakane Stadium and poor remuneration, forcing the Motsepe Foundation to intervene.


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The foundation, headed by Mamelodi Sundowns owner, Patrice Motsepe, forked a staggering R6 million towards Banyana player’s demands to top up the $30 000 appearance fee promised by FIFA to each of the 23 players.

Following Motsepe’s intervention, each Banyana player will now pocket a cool R230 000 bonus in addition to the FIFA fee, that is according to the South African Football Players Union.

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During the briefing, Jordaan said they should have discussed the contracts just after the preliminary squad was announced by coach Desiree Ellis.

He also said they are also serious about ensuring that Banyana receives equal pay along with their male counterparts, Bafana Bafana.

“As SAFA, we recognise the issue, and the contract negotiations started too late. We need to start them earlier. When a preliminary squad is announced, everything should be in place. Contractual issues must be dealt with earlier,” said Jordaan.

“There is absolute clarity on the payment between Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana. We are committed to pay parity. We are supporting this issue.

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“When they came back (from AWCON in Morocco), we announced there would be pay parity between men and women. We paid them R400 000, and there’s parity between them and Bafana Bafana.”


The current CAF Women’s African Cup of Nations title-holders refused to take to the field against their Southern African opponents on Sunday.

Addressing that incident, Jordaan added that the ugly scenes cast an incredible shadow on the successes of the national side.

“The events have cast an incredible shadow on the achievements of this team. This team was clearly the best when they beat Nigeria in Nigeria in the Aisha Buhari Cup,” he added.

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“They also emerged in Morocco in a packed stadium. They showed us they could withstand the pressure.

“I want to thank the coach for her tolerance and understanding because it was a difficult matter to deal with. We want to see the Moroccan spirit in you in the World Cup. We want you to make Africa proud at the World Cup. ( The nation and SAFA are behind you. (Tramadol) ”

Meanwhile, Banyana are expected to fly out of the country on Wednesday evening and Thursday as they look to impress at the global showpiece.