Banyana Banyana, the national women’s football team, has promised to strike in the face of outstanding payments from finishing second at Awcon in December. The team is due to play against the Netherlands tomorrow in Cape Town.
Members of the team have reportedly been growing increasingly frustrated at the struggle to get the South African Football Association ( SAFA) to honour public commitments to the team.
The money due to the players is in the region of R75 000 per player and includes stipends as well as a bonus for their high rank at the Africa Women Cup of Nations which took place in Ghana during December.
This is despite the fact that the players had been greeted upon their return by loving fans and senior Safa representatives, who handed over a cheque for R2.4 million to the team captain. This amount was for promised incentives.
This was confirmed on SAFA’s website, which said they had handed over the promised incentives on the day of the teams return.
According to the players, they haven’t received the full their portion of the winnings:
“Some of the players are breadwinners and depend on this money to provide for their families and themselves. No one wants to lose their place in the team because of this.”
Management has promised to pay players half of the incentive today, in the face of protest action by the team, who are set to play against the Netherlands in Cape Town tomorrow, but whether the arrangement will be met remains to be seen.
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