12 Aug 2022 | 20:32 | Football
The South African Football Association (SAFA) paid bonuses to Banyana Banyana for winning the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations in Morocco last month.
Before their departure in early June, 23 members of the team were promised a bonus of Rs 400 000 each for winning the tournament.
The fact that they did so, going through the tournament undefeated before beating Morocco 2-1 in the final, went down in history.
So is their reception, where they are greeted by huge crowds at OR Tambo International Airport.
SAFA’s Chief Financial Officer Gift Sekonde confirmed that the payment to the player was made on Friday within the 30 days specified in the agreement between the parties.
“We very much respect the commitment of chairman Danny Jordaan to pay the players R400 000 that they were promised. 23 players were actually paid on Friday,” Sekonde said at SAFA headquarters.
“We made the payment with a big smile and we’re happy to say we’ve honored the promise and the incentive was approved with a smile.”
The team has also been awarded Rs 5.8 million by the Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, Sekonde confirmed that the amount will be paid separately to the players and technical team when that money arrives.
When asked about SAFA’s encouragement to the technical team, Jordaan said coaches and other staff are classified differently.
“The bonus scheme is for the players, and the coaches will be rewarded according to their contracts,” said Jordaan.
“The staff receive bonuses linked to their contracts which are separate from the players.”