Cape Town - Legendary Banyana Banyana striker Portia Modise says she
will use her role as a FIFA Ambassador for the 2019 Women's World Cup to
highlight struggles in the game.
The retired 35-year-old was one of 13 women to be appointed
as ambassadors for the global showpiece which is set to take place in France
next year. Modise will also take part in the draw on Saturday in Paris.
The ex-player has for many years called for women to be paid
better with a recent report suggesting Banyana stars receive R5000 per match
whereas as Bafana Bafana's men get R60 000 for a victory, and R30 000 for a
Speaking to the SowetanLIVE website, she said: “If it wasn't
for us being vocal all these years, nobody was going to know that we are not
being treated fairly and being exploited.
“Now we are seeing sponsors and people contributing to
Banyana and that is a good thing. Even at FIFA, I will be telling people about
the struggles our women go through in our football.
“[My generation], we were not able to qualify for the World
Cup, but for these girls what is the excuse? What will the reason be for not
paying them as well as the men?”
Speaking of Banyana and their qualification for the World
Cup, the former star concluded: “I am very proud of what those girls have done
and, as everyone can see, the future looks bright. I did not doubt that they
could do it, in fact I am their biggest supporter.”