Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Nigeria, and Senegal will share $2.5m cash from CAF as part of preparations towards the Russia 2018 World Cup.
The continent’s football governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF) says it will give each of the five World Cup-bound teams $500,000 to help in preparations.
A CAF statement read in part: “it was decided that CAF will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand dollars) to each of the five African teams. The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.
“In addition, CAF will provide each African representative with “field is” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players.”
“CAF will provide each African representative with “field is” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players.”
CAF in November constituted an ad hoc committee led by its first vice-president Kwesi Nyantakyi to map out what support it could give to Africa’s representatives at the global football showpiece.
“The committee, which has CAF Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia, on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup scheduled for 1 December 2017,” the CAF statement added.
Meanwhile, FIFA announced the prize money pool for 2018 FIFA World Cup which is set to take place in Russia it was a fight on the pitch for African teams.
The prize money is mind boggling especially to African teams that have never qualified for the FIFA World Cup quarter-finals since its inception.
For Starters, $791 million funds are allocated for a total contribution to the participants of the tournament. That is 40% increase in the total contribution compared to 2014 World Cup where the total contribution was $564 million.
Each of the five African representatives were paid $1.5 million as preparations fees in addition to the $500,000 grant from CAF.
If they’re eliminated in the group stage each of the African teams will go home with a cool $8 million each with First knockout stage losing teams will get $12 million each while quarterfinal losers get $16 million.
The fourth Placed team gets $22 million, third place $24 million, losing finalists pocket $28 million and the winners will take home as much as $38 million.
All these monies come out of 791 million allocated for 2018 World Cup $400 million will be used as prize money pool to be awarded to 32 teams according to how they finish in the tournament.
While $209 million will be used for Club Benefit Programme (for clubs who release their players for the world cup). The remaining $134 million will be insurance fee for clubs who players get injured during the world cup.
Africa’s representatives and their World Cup record
- EGYPT – The Pharaohs are making their first world finals appearance since Italy 1990
- MOROCCO – The Atlas Lions topped African zone Group C in qualification
- NIGERIA – The Super Eagles have only missed one tournament since their debut at USA 1994
- SENEGAL – In their debut at Korea/Japan 2002, the Lions of Teranga reached the quarter-finals
- TUNISIA – At Argentina 1978, the Carthage Eagles became the first African team to win a World Cup match
Which Groups do they find themselves in:
Russia – Saudi Arabia – Egypt – Uruguay
Portugal – Spain – Morocco – Iran
Argentina – Iceland – Croatia – Nigeria
Belgium – Panama – Tunisia – England
Poland – Senegal – Colombia – Japan
Analysis of their Chances
It turns out that from the final draw, Morocco and Nigeria will not have it easy in their respective groups as they face top footballing sides.
Nigeria will be facing former World Champions, Argentina. The Super Eagles recently beat them by 4 – 2 in a friendly. Aside from Argentina, they will face Croatia and Iceland in Group D.
Over in Group B, Morocco for their part will face current European champions Portugal and former World Champions Spain as well as the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Tunisia will have work to do as they come up against Belgium, England, and Panama in Group G.
Egypt in Group A will put aside all diplomatic engagements when they come up against Saudi Arabia in the group stages. They will also have to deal with the home fans when they face hosts Russia. The other team in the group being Uruguay.
In Group H, Senegal seems to have a quiet group as well. They will face Poland, Colombia, and Japan as Sadio Mane and his charges look to do better than the Teranga Lions’ last outing.