South African players together with head coach Desiree Ellis celebrate lifting the 2017 COSAFA Cup. The team has been promised huge cash incentives as they prepare for this year's AWCON finals in Ghana Times Live
South Africa promised millions ahead of AWCON finals
By Peter Wainaina | Thu 15 Nov, 2018 18:33

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has promised the country’s national women’s team the Banyana Banyana huge sums of money if they are victorious at this year’s African Women’s Nations Cup that is set to kick off on Saturday 17 November in Ghana.

Millions

The team coached by former international Desiree Ellis, have been promised R160, 000 (Approx. Kshs 1.15m) for each individual player if they end up lifting the continental crown for the first time in the country’s history.

And for merely appearing in the tournament, the 21 ladies are each expected to pocket R40, 000 (Approx. Kshs 290,000).

South Africa have appeared in 12 straight championships but are yet to be victorious. The incentives are geared at having them aim to qualify for next year’s World Cup finals in France with the top three teams in Ghana going on to represent the continent.

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They have been placed in Group B alongside defending champions and tournament favourites Nigeria and COSAFA rivals Zambia.

They begin the tournament with a mouthwatering tie against the Nigerians on Sunday 18. The two nations faced each other in the semi-finals of the 2016 edition as Nigeria secured a slim 1-0 victory on their way to claiming a 10th continental crown.

Kenya’s petition

Meanwhile, Kenya filed an appeal on Wednesday 14 November to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) protesting CAF’s decision to reinstate Equatorial Guinea back into the tournament.

Harambee Starlets had been pooled in Group B following the West African’s ouster as a result of fielding an ineligible player in a qualifier against Kenya and Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa has confirmed that FKF are looking at the possible solutions with financial compensation among them.

Peter Wainaina
Twitter: @naina_naish
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