AFCON 2019: CAF release $260,000 to finalists for adequate preparations

By Clive Kyazze
Football 256 news
Cameroon celebrate their fifth AFCON triumph two years ago in Gabon / Courtesy Photo

With less than 100 days to the opening game of the 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations between host Egypt and Zimbabwe on June 21st, CAF has started to boost the team’s preparations.

All the 24 teams that qualified for the competition are entitled to US$475,000 (UGX1, 785, 406, 250) and reports indicate that CAF has already released or will release US $260,000 (UGX 977, 275, 000).

The money is meant to aid the teams’ preparations ahead of the June 21st to June 19 tournament especially those teams with smaller budgets but have preparatory expenditures to meet.

Initially, CAF had released a breakdown of how much each team is pocketing depending on how far they go in the competition.

It’s not yet clear if there any adjustments in the money breakdown since the budget was for a 16 team tournament but now it’s a 24 team competition.

All teams that finish third and fourth in the group will take home US$475,000, it’s not yet revealed how much the round of 16 candidates will take.

However from the original breakdown, quarterfinalists will bag US$800,000 (UGX 3, 007, 000, 000), all four semifinalists will pocket US$2M (UGX7, 517, 500, 000).

The losing finalists will walk away with US$2.5M (UGX 9, 396, 875, 000) while the overall champions will win US$4.5M (UGX 16, 914, 375, 000).

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