Banyana yet to get paid by FIFA. Image: @SAFA

Banyana Banyana told to wait a bit longer for their World Cup pay

SAFA mentioned that FIFA will pay the money to them and they will then distribute the money to Banyana Banyana players.


Banyana yet to get paid by FIFA. Image: @SAFA

Banyana Banyana players are yet to receive payment from FIFA, according to the South African Football Association (SAFA).

The South African women’s national team wrote their name into the history books after they became the first-ever senior national football team, men or women, to make it out of the group stages of a FIFA tournament.

Banyana reached the round of 16 of the Women’s World Cup after finishing second in the group that contained Sweden, Italy and Argentina.

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Banyana won’t get their pay directly from FIFA

SAFA chief executive Lydia Monyepao told the media that Banyana players received part of the combined R6 million from the Motsepe Foundation and the National Lottery but are yet to get paid by FIFA.

“I know there was a tax issue that needed to be resolved. The New Zealand and Australian government wants to impose some tax implications and FIFA are in talks with them around that,” the SAFA CEO explained. 

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“Once the money is in, the money will be gone. Last week we paid the players the money we got from the Motsepe Foundation and Ithuba, it was distributed – you can check with them. As we said, I believe it was around R230 000 (each), and that money was distributed to the players,” she said.

FIFA to pay R1.14M to each SA player who was part of the WC

According to FIFA, each of the 23 Banyana players should get R1.14 million ($60,000) from the association for reaching the last 16.

Monyepao also mentioned that the money won’t be paid directly to the players by FIFA.

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“FIFA does not have a relationship with the players – the relationship is with the member association and it’s something that they’ve made clear. They give us the money and we distribute,” she explained.

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