Dutchwoman Pauw takes Banyana Banyana Reins

by | Mar 13, 2014

SAFA and national women’s soccer sponsor SASOL met with media on Thursday to announce the appointment of Netherlands-born Vera Pauw as the new Banyana Banyana coach. Pauw takes over from Josepha Mkhonza, who has since been appointed a National Selector.

Pauw’s immediate task is to prepare Banyana Banyana for the CAF African Women Championships scheduled for October in the Namibian capital of Windhoek. Three teams from the continent will qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The 50-year old Pauw said she was excited to be part of this ambitious and dynamic organisation. “I am excited to become part of this ambitious project, in which we can develop our girls into international stars. SAFA is aiming high with women’s football.

“President (Danny) Jordaan has expressed this in his New Year message, because women’s football is the fastest growing sport in the world. There are plenty of opportunities in which we can use football to enhance the future of women in general,” said Pauw.

“My association with SAFA goes back many years ago. When I was coach of The Netherlands team, we had great times whenever we visited South Africa, and most times stayed at the High Performance Centre (HPC) in Pretoria. We have had matches involving our U/20 girls’ teams in Netherlands.”

“South Africa has massive potential in development structures and I am looking forward to this new challenge of taking Banyana Banyana to the next level,” added Pauw.

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan said Pauw was a potential game changer in South African football especially within the women fraternity. “Pauw’s appointment was well thought out and we are confident that in her we have a coach who can take Banyana Banyana to the next level.

“She has the right credentials and her track record speaks highly of a coach who has the desire to compete with the best in the world. That is the level where we want Banyana Banyana to be. We liked her vision and desire to be successful,” said SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan.

“We have also taken a principal decision as SAFA that all women national teams will be coached by female coaches and where we don’t have the right candidates, to source the candidate from outside our borders,” added Dr Jordaan.

Pauw has worked as the Technical Director of the Russian Football Union and was the country’s interim coach in 2011.

She was Netherlands Technical Director and Women’s National coach from 2004-2010, leading the country to the bronze medal in the European Championships in Finland in 2009.

Between 1998 and 2004, she was the Technical Director for the National Women’s football in Scotland.


Vera Pauw’s Career History: Education:
University of Physical Education Sports Academy with the specialisations: KNVB License Trainer/Coach I; Sports Management; Sports for Disabled; Coach Track and Field. Sports’ Injury & Massage License; KNVB-Instructor License; UEFA Pro-License; Video-analysis Pro-License / SportsCode Masterclass on Scripting; Motorical Learning / Prof. Cranenburg; ECDL (European Computer Driver’s License); FIFA WF Conferences & Seminars; FIFA Instructors’ Courses; UEFA WF Conferences & Seminars;
Work Experience:
RFS (Russian Football Union)Technical Director Women’s Football: July 2010 – July 2012
RFS (Russian Football Union): Interim National Coach (June-July 2011)
Scout/video-analyst National Men’s Team EURO2012
Tutor at the new UEFA Pro-License Course in Russia (Periodisation in Football)
Women’s Football Development Plan 2012-2015 (legacy)
KNVB (The Netherlands Football Association): October 2004 – April 2010
– Technical Director / National Coach Women’s Football The Netherlands
– Result National Team: Bronze medal European Championships Finland 2009
– Creation of the Premier League for women in The Netherlands (Teams connected to Professional Men’s Teams)
– Author book: “De voetbalvrouwen komen er aan” (“The soccer women are arriving at the top” / The development process from amateur to professional soccer players, leading up to the bronze medal in Finland 2009)
SFA (Scottish Football Association): 1998 – 2004
Technical Director / National Coach Girls and Women’s Football Scotland
Result National Team: promotion to A-level European qualification (FIFA-Ranking from place 52 to 24)
KNVB (The Netherlands Football Association): 1986 – 1998
Staff Member of the Technical Department & Academy with the following tasks:
KNVB Staff Instructor
Tutor/Lecturer Coach Education Demonstrations/Courses
Development of Football General (men/women): KNVB Policy/Development Officer
Development of Girl’s and Wo­men’s Football (WF Development Plans)
Support KNVB Future Programs / Policy
Development of Education Programs
Coach Girls’ Select Teams:
Girls National Team Under 16
Northern Region Under 16 and Under 18
Author and Editor of several Coaching Books, Brochures and Promotional Material
Director and producer of instructional videos
FIFA: FIFA Instructor (appointed 1994)


Photo: SAFA has unveiled Netherlands-born Vera Pauw as its new Banyana Banyana coach. Pauw is pictured signing her contract to take over the national women’s soccer team coaching reins from Josepha Mkhonza. Photo: Courtesy SAFA

(With editing by gsport)

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