Our take: Goal 1: Wafcon finals. Goal 2: Equal pay

It always falls to our sports heroes to cheer us up when things are particularly bad in SA, and Banyana Banyana have delivered the goods. 

Our national women’s soccer team made it to the finals of the 2022 Women’s Africa Cup of Nations after beating Zambia 1-0 on Monday. 

They now face host country Morocco on Saturday. Kick-off is at 10pm, and we hope you’ll be watching! They’ve reached the cup’s final five times before but have so far been unable to grab the gold – hopefully sixth time’s the charm. 

Despite their sterling performance, Banyana Banyana still aren’t being paid near to what the men’s national players earn. In 2019, the minister of sport said Banyana Banyana made 10 times less than Bafana Bafana, yet they win more games. Make it make sense!

Due to Banyana Banyana’s excellent run in this tournament, they automatically qualify for the Women’s World Cup next year. When last did Bafana Bafana qualify for a World Cup? Oh right, that one time by default when we were hosting it way back in 2010. And even then, they didn’t make it past the first round. 🤨

Plans were under way to ensure that Banyana Banyana received equal pay to their male counterparts for their international wins. Yet a year later Banyana Banyana still must contend with being told that men get more sponsorship deals and therefore get paid more. Sigh.

South Africa should take a page out of the book of the Americans. Their women soccer players earn as much as the men do – with the men even sacrificing their own earnings to secure this historic feat! Kudos to them for leading by example. We’re waiting for the rest of the world to catch up.

In the meantime, we’ll be fully behind Banyana Banyana on Saturday.

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