SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan has congratulated Banyana Banyana for qualifying for the Rio Olympics next year saying the 1-0 win away from home in Equatorial Guinea had profiled the women football to new heights.
The SAFA president who is presiding over an ever-increasing rise of South African football said coach Vera Pauw and his charges had made the country proud.
“Today is a historic day for women football; not only have they qualified for the Rio Olympics but have done so in style – winning away from home in ‘hostile’ Bata environment.
“Few teams survive trips to Equatorial Guinea as Nigeria would attest but coach Vera Pauw plotted one of the greatest wins in South African football history,” said Dr Jordaan.
“The team showed amazing character and I, on behalf of the entire South African football family would like to urge the team to continue building on this remarkable feat. They must now dominate continental football and work on being among the top sides in the world. They have the capacity and character to do so,” added Dr Jordaan.
The SAFA President said the Banyana Banyana win was the tonic the U23 needed to repeat the same feat in Senegal next month and join the girls in qualifying for the Rio Olympics.
“As we await the U17 to show the world what they are made of in Chile when they meet Costa Rica in the opening game, for now let’s enjoy what our girls have done for our winning nation. This is massive!”