ZAMBIAN players will each receive US$23,750 (KR126,000) if they beat Burkina Faso in tomorrow's last Group C match and qualify for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) quarter-finals.
The $23,750 is an accumulative payment which has been boosted by Government's decision to increase the winning bonus for the final group game from $8,500 promised prior to the start of the competition to $11,000 - an increment of about 30 per cent.
Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili said in an interview yesterday that Government's move was meant to motivate the players to work harder and qualify for the quarter-finals and step further into the title defence crusade.
As an added incentive, should the Christopher Katongo-captained squad qualify, one of the draws in the games against Ethiopia and Nigeria would be paid as a winning bonus at $8,500.
"As defending champions, all teams want to beat us and drawing against us is an achievement.
"Even Ethiopia made our lives difficult, so as Government we want to provide leadership and have decided that we shall give the boys more money as an incentive," Kambwili said.
Initially, the Chipolopolo were to get $8,500 for a win and $4,250 for a draw and the two results mean that they are entitled to only $8,500 for the two draws so far.
Kambwili said the team was excited about the prospects of qualifying for the AFCON last eight.
He said the Patriotic Front government wanted Zambia to join a unique league of two other countries in Africa -- Egypt and Cameroun -- that had successfully defended the title.
At $8,500, the Chipolopolo Boys were set to receive $25,500, but it is now $1,750 less than what they would receive should they beat Burkina Faso and qualify for the quarter-finals.