N9bln up for grabs if Super Eagles win AFCON

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The Super Eagles will earn N8.9 billion ($7 million) if they beat host country, Cote d’Ivoire, in the AFCON final on Sunday and also clinch their fourth AFCON title.

The Nigerian national team earned $1.5 million in 2013, when Stephen Keshi won Nigeria’s third trophy.

Nigeria reached the final of the 34th edition of the AFCON following a pulsating encounter against South Africa at the Stade de la Paix, Bouke, that saw the Eagles claim a 4-2 win on penalties after 120 minutes of football ended 1-1.

As one of the finalists, the Eagles, alongside the hosts, whom they face on Sunday, have already secured $4 million.

Persecondnews recalls that South African Dr. Patrice Motsepe, Confederation of Africa Football president, announced a 40 percent increment in prize money before the start of the tournament to boost the development of the beautiful game on the continent.

According to a statement from the football governing body in Africa on January 4, the winners of the tournament will receive $7 million, $2 million more than the reward doled out at the last edition in Cameroon.

The runners-up of the continental showpiece will now get $4 million (N5 billion), while each of the losing semi-finalists, South Africa and DR Congo, will receive $2.5 million, with each of the four quarter-finalists taking home $1.3 million.

“CAF has made significant progress over the past two years in increasing the prize money of the AFCON and all its other major competitions.

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“We have increased the prize money of the AFCON winner to USD 7,000,000, which is a 40% increase from the previous AFCON prize money.

“I am confident that a portion of the prize money will contribute to developing football and also benefit all the football stakeholders, as well as assist our member associations with their administrations,” Persecondnews quotes Motsepe as saying.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) President made it known on Friday that AFCON in Ivory Coast has garnered over two billion viewers across the globe since its commencement on January 13.

In the Nations Cup in Egypt 2019, a record of over 800 million people tuned in to beIN SPORTS to watch the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 and cheer for their favourite national team as the world witnessed Algeria lift its second ever Africa Cup of Nations trophy.

The final itself saw over 90 million viewers, and fans tuned in to beIN Sports to watch Riyad Mahrez take on Sadio Mane in one of the biggest and most competitive Africa Cup of Nations.

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