SAFA CEO Raymond Hack has congratulated the women’s national soccer team, Banyana Banyana on winning the COSAFA Cup.
Banyana Banyana beat Namibia 3-1 to successfully defend the title South Africa won in Zimbabwe, back in April 2002.
Speaking exclusively to gsport, Hack said: It’s absolutely fantastic and hopefully this is the start of the revival of both men’s and women’s soccer in South Africa.
“Our men can take something out of the incredible effort and preparation that the women put into this tournament.”
Hack was also pleased with the effort of the new coach, former Bafana Bafana international, Augustine Makalakalane, saying it justified bringing in someone of his calibre to take women’s football forward.
Banyana Banyana scored 19 goals in four games, six from captain Portia Modise.
The South African women kicked off the COSAFA Cup with a 9-nil hammering of Lesotho in their opening game.
They then came up against a very physical Malawi team, and despite playing cautiously, ran out 3-0 winners.
South Africa conceded their first goal against Zimbabwe in the semi-finals, when they won 4-1.
Saturday’s 3-1 win in the final against Namibia was sweet success for a young inexperienced team under a new coach.
Banyana Banyana’s next assignment is the African Women’s Championships taking place in Nigeria in October.