NFF loses N2.16bn CAF prize money

By Ikenga Chronicles November 10, 2016

Despite cry of crash crunch, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), will be left with no choice than to let go of $5,400,000USD (N2.16billion) for absence in next year’s continental competitions.

The NFF will miss out from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) prize monies for non-participation in the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals in Gabon and the continental cadet championships.

New prize monies for its elite tournaments released by CAF yesterday, show that winners of the 2017 AFCON in Gabon, will apart from lifting the trophy, pocket $4millionUSD as against the previous $1.5m prize money.

Super Eagles were stopped by the Pharaohs of Egypt from landing in Gabon, after also failing to be at the AFCON finals in Equatorial Guinea in 2015, to defend Nigeria’s title won in 2013 in South Africa under late Coach Stephen Keshi.

Similarly, an otherwise genial Chile 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup winning coach, Coach Emmanuel Amuneke, was carried away by his success and allowed his team to revolt on the eve of a crucial qualifier, thus Nigeria failed to qualify for the Africa U-20 Championship holding in Zambia from February 26-March 12 with $250,000 at stake.

Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets were also stopped by Niger Republic from participating in the Africa U-17 Championship scheduled to hold in Madagascar from April 2-16, 2017, with $150,000 prize at stake for the winners.

However, Super Falcons are in line to contest for the $50,000 prize money and trophy as the African Women’s Nations Cup takes centre stage next month in Cameroun.

Meanwhile, either Enugu Rangers or Rivers United would pocket $2.5m and the giant trophy if they won the 2017 CAF Champions League next year as against the previous $1.5m, while FC Ifeanyi Ubah are in line to contest for the CAF Confederation Cup’s $1,250,000 champions’ prize money.

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