Do you have any idea how much a Banyana Banyana player makes in a month? Well, the figure will leave you in shock because it’s far from what you are expecting. I was curious to know the salaries of Banyana players which is why I tried digging deeper into the topic today.
I am surprised after going through the reports and statements from the players of the South African Women’s football team. If you’re interested to know the salary of players, read the article below. I have also discussed the bonus each player can get if they manage to win FIFA this year.
Banyana Banyana Players Salary
It might come as a shock that Banyana Banyana players are underpaid comparatively to their male counterparts. You will be disappointed to know how much each player earns in the South African Women’s Football team. The Banyana Banyana players don’t get a salary equal to the players of Bafana Bafana.
The Banyana Banyana players get a daily stipend and have no fixed monthly salary. They earn R 400 every day when training in the camp with the squad members. This allowance is increased to R 500 if the players train within their country.
When you compare this daily stipend with what Bafana Bafana players get, you’ll notice that they earn ten times more than their female counterparts. All the Banyana Banyana players get R 5000 if they win a match and receive a bonus whereas the male players get R 60,000. Moreover, the players of Banyana get R 4000 if a match draws between the teams.
On the other hand, the Bafana players get a solid R 40,000 for a draw match. In 2009, the sponsorship agreement with Sasol increased the daily allowance of Banyana Banyana players to R 600 to match the per-day allowance of the male football players in the country.
If there is no professional league going on, the female players only rely on the daily stipend getting from the camp. The stipend is only for players who are present in the camp to train with the other team members. Hence this pay gap can be disappointing for many female players who are the breadwinners.
Reason For Low Stipend
According to the former Minister of Sports and Recreation, Tokozile Xasa, the reason for the low daily stipend for female players is a lack of funds. No sponsors are willing to support the Banyana Banyana other than Sasol. The South African Football Association or SAFA is managing the team themselves.
As mentioned the daily stipend was increased from R 500 to R 600 after the sponsorship deal with Sasol. The South African Football Association is still looking for relevant sponsors so that female players can be paid the same way as their male counterparts. They cannot manage to increase the stipend without having sponsors on board.
Salaries during Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations 2018
The Banyana Banyana players reached the finals of the Women’s Africa Cup Of Nations in 2018 but never received the promised money from the South African Football Association. A total of R 75000 was promised to each player playing the cup and none have received the money. All the members of the Women’s team are frustrated because SAFA failed to honor commitments.
The team decided to boycott the match against the Netherlands in Cape Town as a protest. After a detailed meeting with the team, SAFA convinced the players to play the match and promised to pay the cheques by the end of the week. The players still deny getting any money whereas the football association claims that all the money has been paid.
Salaries during Women’s World Cup 2023
It was a historical day for all South Africans as the Women’s Football Team reached the knockout stages of the World Cup for the very first time. Each of the 23 players from Banyana Banyana will get R 1.14 million from FIFA. This is two times the amount announced by FIFA initially.
FIFA promised to pay prizes to all the players but doubled the amount for Banyana players. This should be considered an investment for the South African players. All the team members will get this money from FIFA along with their daily stipend from the South African Football Association.
Every player participating in the Women’s World Cup 2023 will get the bonus money at different stages but SAFA will receive additional money for the Banyana Banyana players. I am mentioning the bonus money that the women players will get if they make it to different stages in the game.
- Group Stage: R 30 million
- Round of 16: R 35.6 million
- Quarterfinal: R 41.5 million
- Fourth place: R 46.8 million
- Third place: R 50 million
- Second place: R57.4 million
- Winners: R 81.7 million
The team captain was happy to see that female players are finally getting the same bonuses and incentives as their male counterparts.
A detailed article on Banyana Banyana players’ salary is written so you can have an idea about how much women are being paid. The players of Banyana get daily stipends and have no monthly salary like other female players around the world. They rely on the stipend unless they are playing for an international league.
The gender pay gap is huge when it comes to women’s football teams in South Africa. The lack of sponsorships was the reason stated by the football association. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my article today.