Over the past few years, the debate around the issue of Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana not receiving equal payment at national team level has heated up with everyone calling for SAFA to solve the matter.
As things stand, Banyana are getting paid less than their male counterparts.
SAFA has often said they are working very hard to ensure that there is equality amongst all national teams, but the issue is still hanging in the air until today.
The degeneration of the South African men’s national team through a series of failures in the past decade has resulted in increased calls for resources to not be wasted on them, but rather invested into Banyana Banyana who have been doing great things over the years.
In the last two years alone Banyana Banyana has reached the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations final, qualified for the FIFA World Cup and completely dominated the annual regional COSAFA Cup.
Coach Desiree Ellis and her charges have certainly earned their stripes amongst the best countries in Africa. Ellis won the CAF Coach of the Year award while striker Thembi Kgatlana clinched the CAF Player of the Year accolade after the team’s heroics at the 2018 AWCON.
Speaking about how far SAFA is in dealing with the issue the spokesperson of the association Dominic Chimhavi assured South Africa that the matter is before the National Executive Committee (NEC)
“This is an issue which we are mindful of and the SAFA NEC has always said that they are looking into the possibilities of making sure that whatever is done for the senior men’s national team‚ should also be applied to the senior female national team. It is something that is a work in progress‚ but also at the moment is determined by what is put in the coffers for the two respective teams,” he explained.
“It is an issue that needs collectivity in the sense that the corporate world continues to pour in money into the men’s game and not the women’s game. That needs to change, but as SAFA we have always maintained that there is huge potential for growth of the women’s game,” he continued.
After their triumph at the recent COSAFA Cup held in Port Elizabeth, Chimhavi promised that there won’t be any glitches with the team’s payments for their participation in the tournament.
“Banyana players are always paid‚ there is always a fee they get from taking part in the tournaments and it is the same with this COSAFA. They will get their fees, for every other national team we have standing arrangements and those arrangements are effected after every tournament.” he concluded.
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