'Banyana did us proud and restored pride in terms of a winning culture' Safa CEO

Even though South African Women's' national team Banyana Banyana did not return home with the African Women's Cup of Nations over the weekend, they can surely be proud of themselves.

Reaching the final ensured that the team qualified for the Fifa Women’s World Cup for the first time and Thembi Kgatlana was awarded the best player of the tournament.

The game ended scoreless after regulation time and remained that way after 30 minutes of extra time, Nigeria beat South Africa 4-3 in a penalty shootout.

However, there are a lot of questions, particularly in terms of the disparity in match fees between Banyana Banyana and their male counterparts Bafana Bafana.

Speaking to Bongani Bingwa Acting CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa) Russel Paul says Banyana has done the nation proud.

READ: 'There are a lot of stereotypes around women footballers' - Amanda Dlamini

They have nothing to be sad about. We have nothing to be sad about as a nation. They put their best foot forward. They carried the match with pride. They had their hearts on their sleeves and they were warriors for all of us.

Russel Paul, Acting CEO Safa

They did us proud and restored pride in terms of a winning culture.

Russel Paul, Acting CEO Safa

When asked why there hasn't been a women's league in South Africa, he says that it is quite indicative of the corporate environment with men generally get the bulk of the sponsorship while women get none.

Corporates don't want to put their money where their mouths are. They are happy to celebrate when everyone wins, when there is a success then everybody wants to jump on the bandwagon.

Russel Paul, Acting CEO Safa

Listen below to the full interview:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
'Bafana Bafana game against the Seychelles will not be broadcast on SABC'

'Bafana Bafana game against the Seychelles will not be broadcast on SABC'

Safa Acting CEO Russel Paul says the Bafana Bafana game will be broadcast on Supersport only.

[WATCH] Thabo Nodada’s reaction to his Bafana Bafana call-up is everything!

[WATCH] Thabo Nodada’s reaction to his Bafana Bafana call-up is everything!

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

What to do when your child goes missing

What to do when your child goes missing

Major-General Bafana Linda says there needs to be a partnership with families to look for missing children.

SABC can't afford to air Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana matches says SAFA

SABC can't afford to air Bafana Bafana and Banyana Banyana matches says SAFA

According to TimesLive, negotiations between the two reached a stalemate as the SABC owes Safa over R50-million.

Clive Barker touches on why Bafana Bafana have been failing

Clive Barker touches on why Bafana Bafana have been failing

Barker says there needs to be a change at the top management of Safa for South African football to do thrive like it once it.

Marks Maponyane: France deservedly won the Wold Cup

Marks Maponyane: France deservedly won the Wold Cup

Maponyane says this World Cup final was entertaining because of the goals produced between France and Croatia.

Do you avoid paying tax? Sars is coming for you

Do you avoid paying tax? Sars is coming for you

Acting Sars Commissioner Mark Kingon explains how they determine who to prosecute for tax evasion.

African Pride Podcast: Senegal's World Cup Dream

African Pride Podcast: Senegal's World Cup Dream

After stunning the world in 2002, Senegal missed the next three FIFA World Cup tournaments. Christophe Bongo takes a look.

Countdown to national order ceremony this weekend

Countdown to national order ceremony this weekend

Prominent South Africans including musician Sipho Hotsix Mabuse and Justice Dikgang Moseneke will receive the honor on Saturday.

'Soccer bosses should implement campaigns to address fan behaviour'

'Soccer bosses should implement campaigns to address fan behaviour'

Former Banyana Banyana captain Amanda Dlamini expresses her shock at the Moses Mabhida stadium violence where people were injured.

'There are a lot of stereotypes around women footballers' - Amanda Dlamini

'There are a lot of stereotypes around women footballers' - Amanda Dlamini

The former Banyana Banyana captain says she had to balance school and football to end the stereotypes around the beautiful game.

Female athletes can face poverty after retirement say professional sports women

Female athletes can face poverty after retirement say professional sports women

Opportunities available for South Africa's professional women athletes are limited and some end up broke when careers are over

Meet the first SA female Fifa-accredited soccer agent - Karabo Mathang-Tshabuse

Meet the first SA female Fifa-accredited soccer agent - Karabo Mathang-Tshabuse

Redi Thlabi speaks to Karabo Mathang-Tshabuse about her achievements and challenges as SA's first female soccer agent.

Danny Jordaan and making things right for the ANC in Nelson Mandela Metro

Danny Jordaan and making things right for the ANC in Nelson Mandela Metro

The Midday Report - where you won't miss a thing

Xolani celebrates Banyana Banyana's Portia Modise

Xolani celebrates Banyana Banyana's Portia Modise

Banyana Banyana's star striker, Portia Modise has served on the national team for 14 years and still can't afford a house?

Popular articles
EFF: Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm are working with Gordhan and Hanekom

EFF: Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm are working with Gordhan and Hanekom

Economic Freedom Fighters Mbuyiseni Ndlozi explains why it banned the Daily Maverick and amaBhungane from attending its events.

Burger King rebrands as Bacon King (but drops 'ham' from the word 'hamburger')

Burger King rebrands as Bacon King (but drops 'ham' from the word 'hamburger')

"They seem to have succumbed to consumer pressure," says branding and advertising expert Andy Rice.

It is sickening what Thabo Mbeki said, callers tell Eusebius

It is sickening what Thabo Mbeki said, callers tell Eusebius

Callers on the open line critique the former president's tribute to Robert Mugabe and say he rewrote history.

'I am proud of Ndlovu Youth Choir's performance on AGT,' says conductor

'I am proud of Ndlovu Youth Choir's performance on AGT,' says conductor

Ralf Schmitt weighs in on the incredible achievement of performing in the finals of America's Got Talent.

[WATCH] Reporter saying dead man 'was unavailable for comment,' goes viral

[WATCH] Reporter saying dead man 'was unavailable for comment,' goes viral

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.

[WATCH] Mzansi's Ndlovu Youth Choir's wows at AGT finale, voting is underway

[WATCH] Mzansi's Ndlovu Youth Choir's wows at AGT finale, voting is underway

South Africa waits with bated breath as the countdown to the winner of America's Got Talent begins.

10 unexpected things that most truly rich people have in common

10 unexpected things that most truly rich people have in common

Personal finance expert Warren Ingram on the money values that those "worth" R40 million or more almost invariably have in common.

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

Forensic investigator pokes holes in Watson death probe

The recent findings of a private pathologist ruled out suicide as the cause of death of the former Bosasa boss.

[WATCH] Man and woman assaulting a motorist goes viral, for the wrong reasons

[WATCH] Man and woman assaulting a motorist goes viral, for the wrong reasons

Khabazela shares tweets and Facebook posts that have gone viral.