Banyana Banyana not ‘happy’ with Safa. Image: @Banyana_Banyana/twitter

Another Korea/Japan debacle awaits Banyana

Safpu say each Banyana player is supposed to receive R570,000 appearance fee at the WC however that fee was not stipulated in their contract.


Banyana Banyana not ‘happy’ with Safa. Image: @Banyana_Banyana/twitter

Just like their male counterparts, Banyana Banyana find themselves having to battle the South African Football Association(Safa) over the issues of payment and contracts.

In less than 20 days, the South African national women’s team will play Sweden in their opening match of the 2023 women’s World Cup held in Australia and New Zealand.

According to South African Football Players Union (Safpu), each player is supposed to receive  R570,000 appearance fee at the World Cup however that fee was not stipulated in Safa’s contract which was handed to Banyana players.

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This is not the first time that Safa has had dispute with players during or before the tournament. In the 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup, Bafana needed a draw or win against Spain in their final group match to progress but the team lost out 3-2, which saw them getting eliminated in the group stages.

Banyana and SAFA fallout

The reason behind their early exit was blamed on Safa. Former Bafana winger, Delron Buckley said the players were hauled out of their rooms at 11pm by SAFA delegates on the night before crunch game against Spain. They were informed that changes were made to their contracts and that should they make it to the next round, they will get less to what was promised.

In his book, “Delron Buckley‚ My Life”, the former winger said the news brought lots of friction within the squad that night which saw Bafana fail to beat Spain.

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This past weekend, saw something similar and at least it happened weeks before the tournament but this will surely affect Banyana’s preparations.

Safpu vice-president Tebogo Monyai said the team wanted more clarity regarding their contracts going into the World Cup

“From Tuesday Safpu got a call from the Banyana Banyana players to come and meet them and listen to their grievances,” Monyai was quoted by TimesLive.

“Among other things were the contract from Safa, which, when we looked at it, was blank. It never addresses issues such as incentives, including the R570,000 that is apparently being paid by Fifa. The players are saying, can that R570,00 find its way into the contract?

It takes a few hours to amend a contract and give the players what they deserve, so why is Safa not listening to the players grievances? 

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“In terms of the playing kit, in the contract it’s stipulated they will only have four match jerseys. They raised the concern that they might want to exchange jerseys as part of the legacy for themselves.

“Another part was the issue of a healthy working environment in terms of the facilities. They stressed some of them(Banyana players) have contracts in Europe and were not comfortable playing at Tsakane because the state of the pitch was not up to standard, and we have top facilities in the country,” Monyai added.

“They requested Safa include in the contract the bonus structure should they go past the first stage, and for each subsequent stage.”

In a statement, Safa said Safpu’s claims were ‘concerning and misleading.’

“This statement is false, distasteful and misleading as no such agreement is in place. It is an insult to the intellect of the nation. SAFA challenges SAFPU to produce a copy of such an agreement. As a trade union, they should know that there are particular processes that have to be followed,” Safa said when addresssing the Banyana saga.