Emerging as champions of the Africa Cup of Nations remains the primary ambition of participating countries, not just for the prestige that accompanies such feat, but for the huge monetary benefit too.
For the first time, the biggest football competition in Africa will feature 24 teams with an assemblage of the continent’s finest players and teams battling it out for the chance to play in the Afcon 2019 final billed for July 19 at the Cairo International Stadium where the trophy, the prestige and the prize money will be claimed by the winners.
The Confederation of African Football confirmed in April 2019 that a total of $14.2 million would be shared between the best eight teams at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in the form of prize money.
If a team gets knocked out from the quarter-final, such a country will be rewarded with $800,000.
The beaten semi-finalists who contest the third-place play-off will share $4m, with each getting $2m.
The 2019 Afcon final is a $7m game and the winners will be paid $4.5m with the runners-up pocketing $2.5m.
How much prize money did they make in Afcon 2017?
The prize money available to participants at the last Afcon staged in 2017 was slightly lower than the latest fund with the overall pot coming in at $12.2m – $2m less than 2019.
Cameroon won the tournament and were paid $4m for doing so, which is $500,000m less than what awaits the 2019 winners. Beaten finalists in 2017, Egypt, got $2m, while third-place Burkina Faso and fourth-place Ghana received $1.5m each.
The prize for reaching the quarter-final was the same at $800,000
Andre Onana and Ajax finally reach agreement for the youngster to leave the club
CHELSEA have been given a transfer boost with the news that Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has “an agreement” to leave the club.
But the Blues will still have to match the Dutch club’s valuation for the stopper, believed to be at least £25million.
And of course there are other clubs interested in the Cameroonian keeper, most notably Spanish giants Barcelona.
Tottenham and Paris Saint-Germain could also show their hands in the summer.
The player recently signalled his intention to move on when he told Algemeen Dagblad: “Don’t get me wrong, I am very happy with Ajax and I am very grateful to the club.
“It was five great years here, but now my time has come to take a step.
“I don’t yet know what will happen, but my ambitions and agreements are clear.”
And now Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag seems to have accepted he will lose the top talent and confirmed there IS an agreement in place.
He told Algemeen Dagblad: “Andre is very important to us and of course we don’t want to lose him.
“But it’s true that we have an agreement from last year about the development scenario and what steps we will take if the right club comes in at the right price.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s desire for a goalkeeper is clear, having dropped £71m flop Kepa Arrizabalaga earlier this season in favour of 38-year-old regular bench-dweller Willy Caballero.
Onana, one of the best shot stoppers in the world at the moment has reportedly snubbed offers from Spurs and League one giant PSG.
CAF postpones CHAN to an unknown date due to Coronavirus
The confederationof African football CAF ya today March 17 2020 postponed the 2020 edition of the CHAN which was scheduled to take place in Cameroon
The decision comes after two teams pull out of the tournaments over increasing fear of the coronavirus
In a letter addressed to secretaries of the different national federations, the continent’s football managing body says the decision was taken due to the unpredictability of the spread of the virus and numerous travel restrictions across the continent.
They letter states that, even though the situation in Cameroon is under control, CAF cannot take “unnecessary risk” hence the need to postpones the tournament
The football body will announce a future date for the event, letter reads in part.
As European nations shutdown their leagues and sporting tournament due to the virus , CAF was under increasing pressure to do same and avoid risking the population and players as the virus creeps to Africa.
The deadly coronavirus has affected about 180000 persons, killing over 7000 and about 50 000 have recovered according to WHO reports.
Cameroon has recorded 10 cases as at today and two of them have been treated.
Impartial Buea? Population ignore calls for lockdown,boycott Mountain race
The population of Buea have been carrying on their normal activities today Saturday February 22nd 2020.
Streets are busy this morning early as shops are open, roads bussy and people going their business as usual despite calls for one day lockdown by Ambazoniana activists to frustrate the Mount Cameroon race of hope.
But despite the clear snub from the population, they have also refused to tAke part in the race, denying the annual event the much needed pomp and celebrations it once enjoyed before the crisis.
This 25th edition of the race is Dubbed the race of peace and the Mount Cameroon race of hope will bring together national and international athletes who compete to challenge the chariots of the gods and conquer the highest mountain in West and Central Africa.
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