6 January 2017

Africa: AFCON 2017 Winner to Pocket U.S.$4 Million

Photo: T. Kisambira/The New Times
Rwandan President Kagame hands over African Nations Championships trophy to DR Congo captain Joel Kimwaki during the previous tournament held in Rwanda. The team walked away U.S.$1,5 million richer.

Abuja — The prize money for the forthcoming Total Africa Cup of Nations has been almost tripled to US$4 million, it has been disclosed in Abuja.

The jackpot for clinching the competition increases from $1,5 million the winners received in the last four editions, sponsored by telecommunications firm, Orange.

Oil and energy company, Total, has assumed sponsorship of the continent's biggest football tournament. Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Issa Hayatou, disclosed the figures at the just-ended Glo-CAF Awards dinner.

He said moreover, the year 2017 started a new cycle in the marketing of the commercialisation and media rights of the competition.

This year's edition, set for Gabon from January 14 to February 5, coincides with the 60th anniversary of CAF. Hayatou hailed the year as "particular" and "symbolic" to African football and CAF.

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