JOHANNESBURG – SA Football Association president Danny Jordaan is sympathetic to the general outcry about the disparities in pay between Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana.
Jordaan has urged corporate SA to come on board to help them change the status quo.
Following Banyana’s qualification for their maiden World Cup, courtesy of their reaching the Women’s African Nations Cup final in Ghana, there has been a huge outcry about the fact that the women’s senior national team earn way less than their male counterparts.
Jordaan acknowledged this prior to his departure for Ghana where he will be at the final between Banyana and Nigeria’s Super Falcons.
“We agree that Banyana must be paid better,” he said. “But we are restrained because the amount of sponsorships we get for Banyana is less than what we get for Bafana. We would really appreciate it if corporate SA came on board and helped.”
Banyana are sponsored by oil giants Sasol while Bafana are backed by Castle.
While what Banyana earn in win bonuses and appearance fees pales into insignificance compared to Bafana, the phenomenon is not unique to football but is prevalent in all sports, with the Proteas women team getting far less than the men’s cricket side.
Even overseas, a club such as the English Premier League’s Arsenal pay their male team players more than they do the female side.
Ditto for the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid in Spain as well as Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic here at home.
Speaking during a legislature debate yesterday, Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Faith Mazibuko called on “sports structures and everyone involved in sport to work towards ensuring sports women are paid equal salaries as their male counterparts, especially at national team level”.
Jordaan said the team are up to sharing about R2million for their achievement.@Tshiliboy