Portia Modise (l) and Vera Pauw
Wednesday Aug 24, 2016. 18:00
Banyana Banyana players have revealed to a local website in South Africa that the retirement of striker Portia Modise made matters worse under ex-coach Vera Pauw who treated them unfairly.
The revelations come following the South African Football Association's axing of the Dutch mentor after her side failed to win and score a single goal in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Speaking to the Daily Sun website, the disgruntled players, who refused to be named, said the coach would intervene in their money issues.
The players spoke to the website anonymously, with some saying the coach did not treat them well and things got worse when Modise left the national team.
“She did not treat us well," a player has been quoted as saying. "We were unhappy, in fact the whole team was unhappy. She had clear favourites in the team, some would even play while injured as fit players were left on the bench.”
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“She would interfere in talks about our money affairs and say we are ungrateful, that it’s not about money. When Bashin (Portia Modise) was still in the team, it was not like this.”
It seems that the players were not only unhappy about the coach, but skipper Janine Van Wyk's leadership style also created tension in the camp.
Nevertheless, the captain has defended Pauw and labeled the unhappy players as unprofessional.
“It’s heartbreaking that such a professional coach had to leave. She taught us so much,” said Van Wyk.
“We wouldn’t have put up such a showing at the Olympics if not for her.
“Everyone got along with the coach it seemed, even though things got a bit tense in Rio. I feel they have to be responsible and professional, and should have gone to the coach when they had grievances.
“If you are not professional enough at this point, then you shouldn’t be playing. I’m not going to be anyone’s puppy dog.”
The disgruntled players were also quoted as urging SAFA to hire a coach who will understand their style of play - eyeing the African Women's Championships in Cameroon in November.