By Staff Reporter
Banyana Banyana will share a reward of R15m from the government and department of sport, arts & culture for winning the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations (Wafcon).
The five-time Wafcon runners-up conquered the continent for the first time in July when they defeated hosts Morocco 2-1 in the final.
When coach Desiree Ellis’s team returned to SA with the trophy, sports minister Nathi Mthethwa promised his department would reward Banyana with R5.8m. On Tuesday Mthethwa told a media conference at Sascoc House in Rosebank President Cyril Ramaphosa had requested the reward be bumped up.
The minister said the government had added R9.2m to the amount. Mthethwa said the payment had already been made to Banyana.
An elated Ellis thanked the minister and government, saying the gesture was big encouragement for women in football.
“To my players, I just want to say if you put up performances like this you will always be rewarded,” Ellis said. “I cannot thank the minister and the president enough, and I’m sure the players do as well.”
It was another big payday for the players, who each received a R400,000 bonus from the competition and the SA Football Association (Safa).
Goalkeeper Andile Dlamini said the team is grateful to the government. “On behalf of Banyana, I would like to thank the president and the minister for the R15m,” she said. “I would like to thank the South Africans who have been rallying behind us.”