Author: Hayk Tsatryan
09-05-2018
FIFA advances African World Cup teams extra $2M for player bonuses
FIFA will give five Africa soccer federations a $2 million advance each on World Cup prize money to pay player bonuses before the tournament in Russia.

The Confederation of African Football says the agreement for Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia will help "settle beforehand the question of bonuses." Money disputes at previous World Cups "affected badly the image of African football, with a considerable impact on team performances," CAF says.

Five months ago Ahmad set up a committee, led by his deputy Kwesi Nyantakyi, to examine ways African countries can avert problems that bedevil their participation at the World Cup. Ahmad led CAF to make an appeal to FIFA to make advance payments to the African countries so that players can be paid ahead of the tournament to ensure they focus on the competition.

At the 2014 World Cup: Cameroon arrived late, Ghana's government flew in $3 million cash to avert a strike, and Nigeria players canceled a team practice.

The 32 federations sending teams to the World Cup get $1.5 million each from FIFA to prepare, plus at least $8 million in prize money after the tournament. The winner of the World Cup gets $38 million.