Female athletes can face poverty after retirement say professional sports women

The opportunities available for South Africa's professional athletes are limited, with some athletes ending up struggling to make ends meet after retirement.

702's Azania Mosaka spoke to former Banyana Banyana striker, Portia Modise, and Protea Women's Cricket team bowler, Marcia Letsoalo, regarding the issue.

Listen to the interview below:

Letsolao says most female athletes find other income generating activities to meet their financial commitments, as the teams don't pay them enough to sustain their livelihoods.

It's sad to see what is happening because at the end of the day, you're representing your country and you need to be well taken care of.

Marcia Letsoalo, Protea Women's Cricket team bowler

She ended her professional career on a high note by winning South African Sports Star of the Year at the SA Sports Awards in 2015.

It just went quiet after I won the award last year, it's really challenging. There were a lot of promises made but they were never kept.

Portia Modise, former Banyana Banyana striker
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