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SAFA president Danny Jordaan has confirmed Banyana Banyana will be paid R9.2 million should they win the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Banyana Banyana to bank a FORTUNE if they win Women’s Africa Cup of Nations

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has confirmed Banyana Banyana will be paid R9.2 million should they win the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Banyana Banyana CGE bonus

SAFA president Danny Jordaan has confirmed Banyana Banyana will be paid R9.2 million should they win the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

Danny Jordaan, president of the South African Football Association (SAFA), has confirmed that the organisation will pay Banyana Banyana R9.2 million should they win the upcoming Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (WAFCON).

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Jordaan made the announcement at a send-off press conference in Parktown on Tuesday.

Head coach Desiree Ellis’ 23-player squad had their final training session in Linksfield, Johannesburg this morning and will depart for Morocco on Tuesday night.

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Drawn in Group C, their opening match is against Nigeria on Monday 4, July (22:00 SA time). That clash will be followed by matches against Burundi (Thursday, 7 July at 19:00 SA time) and Botswana (Sunday, 10 July at 22:00 SA time).

Should Banyana Banyana reach the semi-finals, they will qualify for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to be jointly held in Australia and New Zealand.

If Banyana Banyana finish fourth, each player will pocket R30 000, while third-place finish will see them take home R40 000.

A runner-up spot will earn each of the 23 players R55 000, while an overall win will see Banyana Banyana players smiling all the way to the bank to the tune of R400 000 each (R9.2 million).

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This year’s tournament is the 14th edition of the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations.

South Africa have yet to taste victory, but have finished second on no fewer than five occasions (1995, 2000, 2008, 2012 and 2018).

South African are currently ranked 58th in the latest FIFA rankings, but third in Africa behind Nigeria (39th in the world and first in Africa) and Cameroon (54th and second).

Burundi and Botswana, Banyana Banyana’s two Group C opponents, are ranked 169th / 39th and 152nd / 29th, respectively.

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Fixtures:

Monday, 4 July: Banyana Banyana v Nigeria – 22:00 (SA time)

Thursday, 7 July: Banyana Banyana v Burundi – 19:00 (SA time)

Sunday, 10 July: Banyana Banyana v Botswana – 22:00 (SA time)

Banyana Banyana squad:

Goalkeepers: Andile Dlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kaylin Swart (JVW), Regirl Ngobeni (UWC) 

Defenders: Karabo Dhlamini (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lebohang Ramalepe (Dinamo Minsk), Janine van Wyk (JVW), Bambanani Mbane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bongeka Gamede (UWC), Noko Matlou (Eibar)

Midfielders: Refiloe Jane (AC Milan), Nomvula Kgoale (Parquesdesol), Linda Motlhalo (Djugardens), Thalea Smidt (Mamelodi Sundowns), Khosona Biyela (Sporting Gijon), Amogelang Motau (UWC), Robin Moodaly (JVW), Sibulele Holweni (UWC) 

Forwards: Jermaine Seopasenwe (Braga), Melinda Kgadiete (Mamelodi Sundowns), Xoxola Cesane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Nthabiseng Majiya (Richmond Ladies), Thembi Kgatlana (Atletico Madrid), Hildah Magaia (Sejong Sportstoto) 

Standby players: Kebotseng Moletsane, Tiisetso Makhubela, Thubelihle Shamse

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