Retired Banyana Banyana football player Portia Modise has shared a painful story of the time she was a player of the national team that has shocked the country.
She spoke at the Ria Ledwaba Press conference at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Killarney yesterday and highlighted how women in soccer don’t get equal treatment as their male counterparts.
Modise cried out against the South African Football Association (SAFA) for not doing more to promote women’s equality and equal pay.
The former national women’s team player claimed she was paid R400 to R3500 per month while being the highest goal scorer on the squad and was praised internationally, despite living in a shack.
She said ““They used me, singing that National anthem and scoring those goals. You know I have 15 years in my career playing football… I listen to Doc [Doctor Khumalo] speak and I also wish I could speak the same about the women [in football] because we do have those women but they were hidden.”
“We didn’t know about them. We still have those players and they have played overseas but no one talks about them, no one talks about our achievements,” said Modise.
Modise also pleaded with SAFA to pay attention to gender equality, especially in soccer, and the players must be compensated equally.
She said that she was collecting R400 and playing for the national squad at the same time. and that she was getting R3500 for a game, and did not even get a signing on fee, when other players [male players] would tell her they’re getting R50 000.
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