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 the struggles of women in the game.
The retired 35-year-old was appointed one of 13 women ambassadors for the global showpiece set to take place in France next year. Modise was speaking at the draw in Paris.
The ex-player has for many years called for women to be paid better than at the moment, as a recent report suggested Banyana stars receive R5000 per match compared R60000 for a victory, and R30000 for a draw received by Bafana Bafana.
Speaking at the event, 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 are 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?"
Modise also congragulated and wished the current Banyana generation luck for the 2019 Worl Cup: "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, and looking forward to what they'll do in France."