Jor­daan claims credit for Banyana’s Women’s Af­con sil­ver medal

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THE SA FOOT­BALL As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) has claimed credit for Banyana Banyana’s sil­ver medal per­for­mance af­ter los­ing to Nige­ria in the Women’s African Cup of Na­tions tour­na­ment in Ghana on Satur­day.

Host­ing a Safa AGM in Jo­han­nes­burg on Sun­day, pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan told the congress that un­like some perceptions from cer­tain quar­ters, the good per­for­mance by Banyana was not by ac­ci­dent but a re­sult of proper plan­ning by the as­so­ci­a­tion.

“We as Safa pro­duced these girls. They did not drop from the sky. Most come from the High Per­for­mance Cen­tre where we spend mil­lions of Rand an­nu­ally for their train­ing and up­keep,” he said.

Jor­daan also took is­sue with cor­po­ra­tions and in­di­vid­u­als who were rid­ing on Banyana’s good per­for­mance by pledg­ing some cash in­cen­tives which he ar­gued was un­sus­tain­able and in­sin­cere.

He said the cor­po­rate sec­tor must come on board and spon­sor the girls in­stead of giv­ing them a once-off in­cen­tive.

He ar­gued that Banyana’s was not a char­ity case and in­sisted that the com­mer­cial sup­port for women’s sport was in a cri­sis whether in rugby, cricket or any other sport adding this should not be con­signed to a Twit­ter or so­cial me­dia de­bate.

“We sup­port the idea that women should get proper com­pen­sa­tion, but cor­po­rate and broad­cast­ers must come on board,” he added.

Safa had ear­lier re­buffed a on­ce­off R100 000 pledge from in­sur­ance com­pany MiWay to­wards the suc­cess­ful Banyana Banyana side for their ex­ploits at the cham­pi­onship‚ say­ing they are seek­ing only longterm part­ners for the side.

Act­ing Safa CEO Rus­sell Paul says that while they are ap­pre­cia­tive of the MiWay of­fer‚ it is not the kind of help they need for the women’s na­tional side.

“By turn­ing the of­fer down we are say­ing that while we are ap­pre­cia­tive of peo­ple mak­ing these kinds of of­fers‚ women’s foot­ball can do with­out hand­outs‚ they need sus­tain­able of­fers of sup­port.”

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