THE women’s champions of the Council of Southern African Football Associations (Cosafa), SA’s very own Banyana Banyana, will surely sprint all the way to their nearest bank this weekend following promises of financial perks heading their way.
SunSport can reveal that Sasol is expected to dish out R500 000 to Banyana players who took part in the Cosafa Women’s Championship in Zimbabwe last month.
Sasol spokesman for the project, Njabulo Mbatha, has not denied that financial perks have been lined up for Banyana players for making the country proud by winning the Southern African tournament.
The sponsors are planning a gala dinner for Saturday, where they plan to make all the announcements and present special financial perks to deserving individuals.
It is believed that some 18 players will get a share of the loot, which could see each pocketing about R28 000 – which many regard as peanuts, considering the bonuses Banyana’s male counterparts at Bafana Bafana collect after every game.
Mbatha said everything was not confirmed yet, as they were still waiting for the go-ahead from Safa.
“The gala dinner is also not set in stone yet,” he said.
“We have put all of this on the schedule but Safa must give us direction. We expect the association to respond to our proposal on Tuesday or Wednesday (today or tomorrow).
“We proposed a plan and they must add to it. Remember, Safa is the owner of the Banyana brand.”
Coach Desiree Ellis, who will hear her fate when the new permanent head coach is announced next week, won’t get a cent of the financial bonus, as she is a full-time employee of the association.
Other Banyana technical team officials permanently employed by Safa will also not see a cent.