As South Africa’s women’s national football team, Banyana Banyana, prepare to take the field in their opening match against Sweden at the FIFA Women’s World Cup on Sunday morning, the team is receiving an outpouring of support from various organisations and individuals.
A team building session, breakfasts with high-ranking officials, and encouraging messages on social media are all evidence of the positive vibes surrounding the team and their journey in the tournament.
In an effort to build team unity and motivation, Banyana Banyana participated in a team building session before their World Cup campaign. The team members were seen enjoying the activity, showcasing their determination to succeed on the global stage.
Dr Danny Jordaan, the President of the South African Football Association (SAFA), expressed his unwavering support for Banyana Banyana as they gear up for their match against Sweden. He affirmed the association’s commitment to stand behind the team, emphasising that the entire nation is united in rallying for their success.
Bongi Msomi, the captain of the Spar Proteas netball team, expressed solidarity with Banyana Banyana. In a message addressed to the team, Msomi wished them the best for their World Cup campaign and reminded them that the entire nation is fervently supporting them. This cross-sport support highlights the unity and encouragement among South African sporting teams.
High-ranking officials and football association representatives have been actively engaging with Banyana Banyana in New Zealand. Prominent figures like Minister Zizi Kodwa and Thulaganyo Gaoshobelwe, President of the South African Football Players Union (SAFPU), enjoyed a breakfast session with the team, offering words of encouragement and pledging their support.
The Springboks have sent a heartfelt message to their sisters . Led by their captain, Siya Kolisi, the Springboks emphasise the unity and camaraderie between the different sporting codes in South Africa. Their message, shared on social media with the hashtags #StrongerTogether and #FIFAWWC, serves as a reminder that the entire nation is rallying behind Banyana Banyana as they strive for success on the global stage.
As Banyana Banyana faces Sweden in their World Cup opener, they can draw strength from the overwhelming support they have received from various quarters.