- The South African Football Association is taking Banyana Banyana's African championship status seriously
- The football governing body is ensuring that the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations winners are playing high-quality opposition in preparation
- Included on the impressive itinerary is 2022 Copa América Femenina winners Brazil
Winning the 2022 Women's Africa Cup of Nations and qualifying for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup has its perks.
Banyana Banyana will play very strong opposition as they prepare for the global showpiece to be held in Australia and New Zealand.
According to the Daily Sun, the South African Football Association has locked in 2022 Copa América Femenina champions Brazil, Australia and a European country with the backing of sponsors. The venue of the fixture against the South Americans is yet to be confirmed (2-6 September), while the match against Australia will take place in London (8 October). The unconfirmed European country will lock horns with Banyana in the United Kingdom. This team is strongly rumoured to be the new European champions England, who edged Germany 1-0 in a dramatic final at Wembley last month.
South Africa's only previous encounter against La Seleção was at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with that fixture ending in a 0-0 draw. The match against The Matildas will be the first ever one between both nations in women's football.
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Elsewhere, SAFA confirmed that Bafana Bafana will play Angola (28 August and 4 September), Sierra Leone (24 September) and Botswana (27 September).
Banyana Banyana receives big payday as SAFA sticks to its promise
The South African Football Association has kept its promise about Banyana Banyana.
As reported by Sports Brief, the local football governing body has paid the senior women's national team the R400 000-plus bonus to each member of the squad who returned with the Women's Africa Cup of Nations trophy from Morocco.
The winnings included an initial R9.2 million pot of gold that was presented as an incentive by SAFA, before the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture also opened the purse strings by adding R5.8 million to this amount.