Equal pay for male, female SA stars … former Banyana Banyana star dies

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Johannesburg - The South African Football Association (SAFA) is in the process of ensuring that male and female national football players are paid on par for representing the country on the international stage.

Banyana Banyana players are paid significantly less in match fees and bonuses than their male counterparts, and the recent women’s team triumph in the COSAFA Cup has revived pressure for parity.

Last week‚ SAFA spokesperson Dominic Chimhavi said equal pay for the senior men’s and women's teams was “work in progress”.

“This is an issue which we are mindful of and (SAFA) has always said that they are looking into the possibilities of making sure that whatever is done for the senior male national teams‚ should also be applied to the senior female national team. It is something that is a work in progress‚ but also at the moment is determined by what is put in the coffers for the two respective teams.

“It is an issue that needs collectivity in the sense that the corporate world continues to pour in money into the men’s game and not the women’s game. That needs to change but as SAFA we have always maintained that there is huge potential for growth of the women’s game ‚” said Chimhavi.

Meanwhile, former Banyana Banyana midfielder Makhosi Luthuli passed away last n Wednesday after having been diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of cancer, in 2011.

The Banyana Banyana star hang up her boots in 2006 after eight years of representing the country, including at three Africa Women’s Cup of Nations tournaments. Luthuli played for Banyana from 1997 to 2005.

SAFA president Danny Jordaan said, “We have lost a legend, one of the pioneers of women’s football following our readmission into the FIFA family.”

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