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