SA is top of the Africa league in cash terms

2010-06-13 11:17

None of the Nigerian, Ghanaian or Algerian players are expected to

come close to getting what their South African counterparts could pocket for

playing three group matches in this year’s World Cup.

With a maximum of R600000 in performance bonuses per player, plus

an undisclosed appearance fee, ­Bafana Bafana players could be the richest of

any African country at the end of the group phase.

Nigeria will spend a maximum of $30000 (R232700) a player, while

Ghana has set aside $70000 (R542140) in incentives.

Algeria’s players could go home empty-handed – they will lay their

hands on only the €150000 (R1.3million) bonus, should they qualify for the

second round.

Nigeria’s media officer, Ademola Olajire, confirmed to City Press

that an agreement reached with the ­Super Eagles’ players could see each of them

earn $10000 (a first-round win), $12500 (last 16), $15000 (quarterfinal),

$20000 (semifinal) and $25000 (final).

“No appearance fees (will be paid),” said Olajire.

A payment row nearly erupted in the Algerian camp after the 23

­players selected for the event were told that they would make a visit to the

bank only should they proceed from Group C, which consists of England, the US

and Slovenia.

While the Desert Foxes had asked for performance-based bonuses, the

Algerian football ­authorities offered only €150000 should they make it past

the group stages.

It is not clear how much – if anything – the Algerians will be paid

in appearance fees.

For Ghana, a guaranteed appearance fee of $70000 will be paid to

each player in the team. In addition, there is a possibility of a further

$45000 each should the Black Stars qualify for the last 16 stage.

Figures for the other two African representatives – Ivory Coast

and Cameroon – could not be established at the time of going to press.

The other three African sides trail behind hosts South Africa in

terms of bonus packages.

Bafana players will each get R200000 for every win and R100?000

for ­every draw in the group stages.

Players are each set to make a ­further R250000 (quarterfinals),

R500000 (semifinals) and R4million and a Mercedes Benz (final).

Bafana will also be paid an ­undisclosed appearance fee for each

game, while the players will share R1million for every goal they score in a win

or draw.


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