CAF has confirmed the staggering amount of money the winners of the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 (AFCON) showpiece are set to receive this year.
The Afcon is set to get underway in Cameroon on Sunday, and CAF have just increased the incentive amongst the continent’s finest.
ExCo meeting decided the Afcon prize money
A CAF Executive Committee meeting chaired by its president Patrice Motsepe in Douala, Cameroon, had discussed the prize money for the Afcon tournament on Friday. From that particular meeting, it was then decided that the winners of the Showpiece will walk away with a mammoth $5 million!
According to the CAF website: “The increase is in line with CAF’s commitment to reward merit performance and enhance the status of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, and will be in effect in the upcoming edition that will kick-off at Olembe Stadium, Yaoundé on 09 January 2022.”
How it will be broken down
The Afcon tournaments prize money structure is now as follows:
· Winner: $5 million (an increase of $500 000)
· Runner-up: $2.75 million (an increase of $250 000)
· Semi-finalists: $2.2 million (an increase of $200 000)
· Quarter-finalists: $1.175 million (an increase of $175 000)
This represents a total increase in the Africa Cup of Nations prize money of $1.850m.
It will be tournament hosts Cameroon who will kick off proceedings in the opening game of the showpiece, when the hosts play Burkina Faso.
The 2017 winners will be looking to the likes of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Clinton Njie, Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa as well as shot-stopper Andre Onana Onana to lead their charge during the upcoming spectacle.
Cameroon is not considered to be amongst the favourites for this years’s Afcon, however, well according to the betting odds, with the likes Senegal, Algeria, Egypt and Ivory Coast touted to be the leading contenders to go all the way.
The hosts can at least take solace from the fact that, even in 2017 they were not expected to win the tournament, yet they did. Can they Indomitable Lions repeat that feat on home soil?