R100m for Bafana

2010-06-06 10:09

Bafana Bafana will pocket close to R100 million and more than 20

luxury cars if they win the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

This has been unearthed by a

City Press investigation into the closely guarded World Cup pay structure, which

was agreed upon earlier this week.

We can reveal that the two parties have agreed that the players

will each get R200 000 for every win and R100 000 for every draw in the group

stages, which means a total of R600 000 for each player should the team beat

Mexico, Uruguay and France.

Each player will get R250 000 for winning the quarter-final matches

and R500 000 for victory in the semis.

Should they go on to win the World Cup trophy come July 11, each

player will get R4 million and a Mercedes-Benz.

Bafana Bafana open their account on Friday against a formidable

Mexico, who are ranked 17th in the world, at the spectacular new Soccer City


They will have their job cut out for them because all their

opponents are ranked quite high, with Uruguay 16th and France 9th.

The team have also been guaranteed R1 million for each goal scored

in a win or draw, which translates to R43 478 per player.

They get nothing,

however, for scoring if they lose the game.

In return, Bafana Bafana have agreed to donate R500 000 to a

grassroots ­development structure.

Tony Irish, who represented the team in bonus negotiations with

Safa, said it took them less than a week to reach an agreement because the

negotiations were “constructive and fruitful”.

“Both parties were happy with what was put on the table; hence it

did not take long to reach agreement.

“The negotiations were constructive and done in good spirit,” Irish


He refused to confirm the figures City Press has, saying: “It was

agreed ­between the players, us and Safa that we will not reveal the figures to


Safa chief executive Leslie Sedibe said players would also get a

standard match fee, on top of performance bonuses – ­irrespective of the outcome

of the match.

After watching Mexico defeat world champions Italy on Thursday,

Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira was full of praise for the North Americans

but said he was still not scared of them.

He said, however, the opening game would be the toughest because

everyone wanted to start on a good note.

“We respect all our opponents, but we don’t fear them.”

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