Johannesburg- According to SA Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan there should be no reason why Banyana Banyana players should not earn the same salaries as their male counterparts‚ after Banyana Banyana first ever qualification for the Fifa Women’s World Cup.
Bafana players earn as much as bonuses‚ above their salaries‚ as high as R60‚000 for a win‚ R40‚000 for a draw and nothing for a defeat but this cannot be compared to Banyana players who have been rewarded far less than that in their international matches.
Banyana reportedly earn R5‚000 per match‚ but their salaries for the current Awcon have not officially been disclose.
“I agree that the issue of salaries for women’s football must be addressed‚” Jordaan said.
“It is not only an issue affecting us as Safa but football associations worldwide have a challenge in addressing it‚” Jordaan said ahead of Banyana battling it out with Nigeria at the Accra Sports Stadium.
“There has been a gap in the structure of women’s football when compared to their male counterparts in South Africa‚” the Safa president admitted.
“The level of competition for women has been at provincial league level. If you go to men’s sides there are two top leagues that are national leagues‚ the National First Division and the PSL [Premier Soccer League].
“So you can see where the gap is when it comes to women’s football. We will close that gap when we launch the women’s national league in May.”
Jordaan said they are happy with the meetings with businesses and sponsorship’s that have since been offered, “I hope the sponsors will see the quality and the efforts of these woman‚” he said.
“We are already talking to some of the corporates to support the national women’s league.”
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