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NEWS: Coach Vera Pauw has pleaded with the minister to play his part support the team ahead of Rio Olympics. (South Africa)

Vera-Pauw800x600 Banyana Banyana coach Vera Pauw has thrown a ball in the Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula’s court, asking him to step up and help the team with funding to properly prepare for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The women’s national football team will be taking part in their second successive games, their first under Pauw, and the Dutch coach has pleaded with the minister to play his part support the team as he’s done with other teams and sporting codes.

According to the coach, the girls are behind in their preparation, having lost out five weeks already, because of their inability to assemble for camp, but she says they can still salvage their programme in these last 12 weeks, with the help of Mbalula.

“If we do not get any support from the government, it’s impossible to have a big squad for a full-time programme. So my big call is to the minister of sport…help us, not afterwards, not at an awards ceremony. Instead of awards, help us prepare.”

Pauw says that the South African Football Association (Safa) and the team’s sponsor, Sasol, have done everything they possibly can to help the team financially, but not even they can afford what Banyana require.



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