- For the first time, Banyana Banyana will be paid as much as Bafana Bafana for competing in the World Cup
- Each team member will be paid R320 000 if they make it to the top 16
- Here's how Mzansi reacted to the news
Banyana Banyana will receive equal pay for the Fifa Women's World Cup next month.
Sasol sponsored a send-off event for the team this week ahead of the tournament.
Hundreds attended to which Banyana Banyana well.
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Safa has expressed support for the team saying that they believed they could make it to the top 16. Additionally, Safa announced that for the first time ever, Banyana Banyana would be paid the same amount as Bafana Bafana for competing in the World Cup and the Africa Cup of Nations.
Previously, the women's team had been paid less than the men's side for such tournaments, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
If Banyana reaches the top 16, each team member will be paid R320 000.
In the past, Banyana has sometimes existed in the shadow of the men's side, but this week the team received a warm sendoff to the World Cup. Hundreds of fans came to sing for the team and offer them well wishes.
Banyana is set to play a friendly against Norway on 2 June to warm up for the competition. Thereafter, they will showdown against Spain, China and Germany in the competition, which is being held in France this year, according to eNCA.
On social media, the response to the announcement of equal pay fro Banyana was mostly positive.
"It's about time, make us proud, you carry the flag high," wrote one Facebook user, Martha Mabena.
"They deserve it more than Bafana Bafana," agreed another.
"This is very good for women's football," wrote Thabiso Thalele.
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