South Africa to play Brazil in two matches on Jo’Burg
- The Banyana Banyana face Brazil in two friendly matches
- The matches are set for this weekend
- They were recently crowned African champions for the first time
Recently crowned African champions South Africa will have little time to rest as they have lined up two friendly matches against Brazil.
The Brazil National Women’s Team OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday and was given a ruptous welcome ahead of the back to back friendly games against their hosts.
The Brazilians face Banyana Banyana in two friendly internationals to be played at Orlando Stadium on Friday, and at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Monday September 5.
South African Football Association (SAFA) President Dr Danny Jordaan and NEC members Job Mchunu and Jacob Mathathe welcomed the reigning Copa América Femenina champions at the airport.
Brazil Women’s National Team team manager Ana Lorena said they were happy to be in South Africa and they are looking forward meeting the African champions in the coming days.
Exciting to play in South Africa
“It is exciting to be here and it is a good occasion for our team to play against the South African team. We are looking forward to a good game for us and the fans and we want to showcase the best football,” Ana said as the team arrived.
The two friendly games are a huge testament of the growth of women football in South Africa and the games will be a platform to showcase the talent of more players and also a boost of confidence and a stamp of approval.
South Africa women’s team head coach Desiree Ellis is excited ahead of the two matches.
““This is amazing. You know, immediately after the Wafcon last month, Safa said they would give us the best possible preparation for the 2023 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. What more could we ask for? A powerhouse, not just in women’s football but also in men’s football,” Ellis told SAFA.net
“Brazil are the champions of Copa America, a powerhouse. What a way to start preparing for the World Cup, what a way to start off our campaign. We want to say thank you to Safa and we want to say thank you to Sasol. They have always been true to their word and we look forward to playing Brazil and whatever is to come after.”
The team assembled in camp on Monday and has been intensifying their training as they look to get a good result.
Banyana players get bonuses for WAFCON win
The South African team is in high spirits especially after just recently receiving bonuses for their WAFCON win. The South African Football Association (SAFA) released 9.2 million rands (Approx Sh65mn) to reward the team and that means every single player that traveled with Banyana to Moroccowill receive slightly over 400,000 rands (Approx Sh2.8mn).
“The reward is for the 23 players who played in Morocco. The technical team will receive their bonuses as per their contracts and we will ensure everyone is rewarded for this effort,” said Danny Jordan, the SAFA boss.