WATCH: Welcome home Banyana Banyana!
Soccer fans have turned OR Tambo International Airport into party central, in celebration of the arrival of the Wafcon title holders.
Celebrations outside OR Tambo International Airport ahead of Banyana Banyana’s arrival back in SA after winning the 2022 Women’s African Cup of Nations (WAFCON). Picture: Neil McCartney
South Africans are giving the reigning Women’s Africa Cup of Nations soccer champs a hero’s welcome at OR Tambo International Airport.
Dozens of fans dressed in cheerful sports regalia braved the cold weather to give the title holders a warm welcome from their successful Moroccan safari.
Banyana Banyana made history as the first women’s soccer team to bring home a continental title after their match against Morroco.
The players are set to receive R8.2 million, equal to R400 000 per player, from the South African Football Association for their win.
A group of supporters outside the airport ahead of Banyana Banyanas return to SA after winning the 2022 African Cip of Nations recently. Video – Neil McCartney♬ SHIMMY SONGTRADR 30 HIT WONDER – Artist manager manager
Supporters at OR Tambo international airport ahead of Banyana Banyanas arrival back in SA after winningvthe African Cup of Nations. Video Neil McCartney♬ MI CHIQUITA – Alexander McCabe
Now for the World Cup
Banyana’s challenge now is to make more of an impression on the global game.
At their first World Cup appearance in 2019, they put up a decent show in an extremely tough group, containing Germany, Spain and China, with a quite wonderful Thembi Kgatlana strike even giving them a lead against Spain. But Desiree Ellis’ team ultimately lost all three matches.
Still, Banyana will have learned from the experience, and will go into the World Cup with their confidence given a huge boost by this continental success.
South Africa will also hope for a more favourable draw for next year’s World Cup, when their name is pulled out of the proverbial hat on 22 October in Auckland.
- Additional Reporting by Jonty Mark