Banyana coach handed new contract

Pauw was appointed as the Banyana coach in March last year and led the team to a fourth-place finish at the recent Africa Women's Championship held in Namibia, falling just short of qualifying for the Fifa Women’s World Cup.

And Safa have decided to keep faith with the Dutch manager, handing her a new contract which extends her stay at the helm of the South African women’s team.

"The coach's contract has been finalised,” Safa chief executive Dennis Mumble told the Sowetan. “You will see her back from her leave, where there was a couple of things she had to go and do. We will see Vera in the next few days.”

Details of the contract are yet to be disclosed, yet should be finalised on Monday when Pauw meets with the South African administrators.

"I am having a meeting with her on Monday so that we can get the Banyana Banyana programme back up," Mumble added.

"We need to strengthen her technical team to make sure that we can achieve the objectives we have set out for the team. Our policy is that we are not going to have men coaching women's teams."

Pauw’s immediate task will be to lead Banyana to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Brazil, with the qualifiers scheduled to start in May.