Safa deny Banyana bonus report
Johannesburg - SA Football Association (Safa) officials on Wednesday
denied a media report that the South African women's soccer team,
Banyana Banyana, have not received their wages or bonuses.
The team will play Zimbabwe in a Unity Cup Friendly International fixture in Harare on Thursday.
The New Age newspaper reported on Wednesday that South
Africa's most successful national soccer team in 2011 had not been paid
bonuses for qualifying for the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The head of the team's delegation in Zimbabwe, Abel
Rakoma, said they were not made aware by any of the players of issues
regarding outstanding payments.
"As far as we are concerned, and I am in Zimbabwe with
the team, there is no matter that is on the table regarding money,"
"The team is preparing for tomorrow's (Thursday) game
and there has never been an issue regarding this and we dismiss that
The newspaper also reported that Banyana defender Janine van Wyk had left the team over the matter.
Rakoma however said Van Wyk had asked not to accompany the team due to "personal problems".
He could not confirm or deny whether the team received
the reported R500,000 bonus for qualifying for next year's Olympic
Games, as he was merely the head of delegation for this tournament.
Safa chief executive Robin Petersen told the newspaper there was no money owed to the players.
Banyana have been nominated for the African Women's
National Team of the Year award, while Russia-based midfielder,
Nompumelelo Nyandeni, will vie for the African Women's Footballer of the
The winners will be announced the same day as the Zimbabwe match.