On top of the R9,5 million promised by SAFA president Danny Jordaan for their triumphs during the 2022 CAF Women’s African Cup of Nations in Morocco, Banyana Banyana will smile all the way to the bank.
As they touched down on Tuesday morning at OR Tambo International Airport, the African champions were handed a cool R5,8 million by Minister of Sports, Nathi Mthethwa.
Mthethwa announced the news at the airport where scores of fans converged to welcome the team and the coaching staff.
The financial boost comes as the players had already been promised R400 000 each for winning the competition and they will now be more to take home.
Mthethwa handed the team a cheque on stage to a loud cheer from the attending sports fans and family members of the players.
The minister also promised to make changes in the national football teams, saying the women’s side will get the same payment as their male counterparts, Bafana Bafana.
“It is going to be a law in this country for Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana to be paid equally because we are making that happen as a government. It’s not only this team but all women’s teams. We are supporting them as the government,” Mthethwa said during his speech.
“It is going to be a law in this country that Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana will be paid equally.
“We are making that decision as the government. It’s not only Banyana Banyana but all the women’s teams [to be paid equally], we are supporting them as government.
“We’ve said to SAFA that when we give SAFA money they need to put a sum aside for women in general.”