What’s Banyana’s weight in gold?

2012-02-25 20:45

Huge discrepancies in incentives emerge ahead of the Olympics

Bafana Bafana players were promised a bonus of R500 000 each to win the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 18 players in the Banyana Banyana squad that qualified in September for the 2012 London Olympic Games received a sum of R500 000.

Each Bafana player receives a R45 000 win bonus for official international matches and half that amount for a draw.

Banyana players were paid R5 000 each for a win and R4 000 for a draw during their Olympic Games qualification matches.

The women are travelling to Cyprus this week where they will participate in the 12 Nation Tournament – after spending two weeks in Brazil as part of their preparations for the July tournament.

They are being paid daily allowances of R500 apiece.

Bafana players get R780 daily when in camp.

These discrepancies emerged this week when City Press tried to establish the nature of incentives Banyana will get for their efforts at the Olympic Games.

South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Robin Petersen said the incentives had not been decided as yet.

“We are still to meet with Sascoc (South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee) to determine on this issue and other matters,” he said.

Petersen added that Safa would hand the team over to Sascoc closer to the Olympic Games.

National teams head Lindile “Ace” Kika confirmed that Banyana players only shared ­R500 000, which came from sponsors Sasol.

Kika, however, said Safa was responsible for daily allowances and appearance fees.

“This is all I can disclose to you. Salaries are confidential and I’m not at liberty to divulge the information. Safa is spending a lot on the team,” said Kika.

Sascoc chief executive officer Tubby Reddy said details on what teams and individual athletics would get for the Olympic Games were still to be confirmed.

“We are yet to sit down with Safa. They have to give us their plan and the budget. At the moment I can’t give you figures. I think we have to wait for them to come back from their tour,” said Reddy.

A source who has worked with Safa teams said: “The discrepan-cies shouldn’t be surprising because men’s sporting events typically garner more media exposure, higher attendance and greater amounts of sponsorship.

“This does not happen to soccer only, but it’s a serious concern throughout the codes.”

Former Netball South Africa president Ntambi Ravele said incentives should be linked to performance.

“The first step is for federations to carry out audits to ensure men and women performing sport of similar levels should be paid more or less the same.

“We’re not saying they should get same incentives because you’ll find that men play professional league and women are still amateurs,” said Ravele.

For the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, the last time Bafana qualified for the continental tournament, players were further promised R65 000 incentives for qualifying for the quarterfinals, R90 000 for the semis and R135 000 for reaching the final.

They were going to get an extra R210 000 for winning the event.

Unfortunately, they came back without a win after losing to Tunisia, and playing two draws against Angola and Senegal, respectively.

They face Senegal in an international friendly match in Durban on Wednesday.

Bafana players each were promised about ­R4 million plus a brand new Mercedez-Benz sedan for winning the 2010 World Cup, but they bombed out in the first round, making South Africa the first host nation to suffer that embarrassment.

During President Jacob Zuma’s state of the nation address, people booed when he mentioned Bafana, but cheered loudly when he mentioned Banyana.

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