Jor­daan calls for sup­port for Banyana

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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.

“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 rands an­nu­ally for their train­ing and up­keep.”

He took is­sue with cor­po­ra­tions and in­di­vid­u­als 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 team in­stead of giv­ing them a one-off in­cen­tive.

He in­sisted that the com­mer­cial sup­port for women’s sport was in cri­sis, 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.”

Jor­daan re­it­er­ated his call this year that Safa had made a bid for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup. He asked Safa to con­sider host­ing the 2019 Afcon tour­na­ment af­ter CAF stripped Cameroon of the rights to host the tour­na­ment.

Jor­daan said Safa would make the bid, but would con­sult the gov­ern­ment first to mo­ti­vate a busi­ness case. Gov­ern­ment would have the fi­nal say. – African News Agency (ANA)

PIC­TURE: SYDNEY MAHLANGU/BACKPAGEPIX

BANYANA Banyana cap­tain Ja­nine Van Wyk and coach De­siree El­lis at OR Tambo In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Sun­day.

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