Super Eagles won’t share in CAF’s $10m largesse
THE Super Eagles of Nigeria and Pharaohs of Egypt are some of the big teams missing out in the sharing of the $10-million rolled out by the Confederation of African Football as prize money for the on-going 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Cup.
In a statement Tuesday, CAF said its total prize-money for the Equatorial Guinea showpiece remains unchanged from the tournament previously held in South Africa in 2013, with winners set to pocket R17.4 million.
According to the statement, 16 countries taking part in the 30th edition of the tournament will share a whopping $10-million (R116-million) when the tournament comes to an end on February 8 in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.
However, CAF said the losing finalists will walk away with $1-million (R11.6m), with the two semi-finalists banking $750 000 (R8.7m) each, while teams that reach the last eight will be handed $600 000 (R7m).
Countries that finish third in each of the four groups will receive $500 000 (R5.8m) with the least prize-money to be paid out set at $400 000 (R4.65m) for the four teams finishing bottom in each of the groups.
The prize-money paid out by the football governing body remains unchanged despite the fact that revenues for the continental mother body have improved in recent years.
In comparison, Euro 2012 champions Spain were paid $27-million (R314m) out of the $245-million (R2.85-billion) tournament package while the CONMEBOL paid $7-million (R81.4m) to 2011 Copa America champions Uruguay. The Asian Football Confederation will pay $10-million (R116m) to be shared amongst the top three teams this year.