The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed that it has agreed terms on bonuses with the Bafana Bafana squad that is heading to the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in the Ivory Coast.
Yesterday, SAFA announced that it had met with the players to outline the payment structure for the tournament.
The players were represented by captain Ronwen Williams, vice-captains Percy Tau and Siyanda Xulu, Veli Mothwa and Themba Zwane.
They signed the memorandum on behalf of the team that will be participating at this year’s edition of the continental competition.
The SAFA management included the president of the organisation, Dr Danny Jordaan, Vice President Bennett Bailey, CEO Lydia Monyepao and the HOD, David Molwantwa.
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“We are happy that we could meet with the players, hear them out and come to an agreement on the financial side,” said the Monyepao.
“Bafana Bafana will fare well in this edition of the AFCON and we are happy that this side of the game is now laid to rest. We have discussed and signed an agreement, which remains confidential between management and players. We are now fully focused on the tournament, on doing well at the AFCON,” added Jordaan.
The players will receive a bonus of 7 million dollars should they win the tournament.
Jordaan met with the team in Stellenbosch yesterday where they are currently holding their camp before departing for West Africa on Thursday morning.
“I’m here to make sure that every box has been ticked, that there is nothing outstanding, and that everything is in place for them to focus on football” said Jordaan.
“If they win, they get $7 million, if they lose, they get nothing. We want the team to focus and perform.”
The team flies back to Johannesburg to play an international friendly against Lesotho behind closed doors on Wednesday before leaving for Côte d’Ivoire the next morning.
Written by: Ntsako Mukhari