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AFCON 2023 winners set to earn $7m in prize money

AFCON 2023 winners are set to earn $7m as CAF implements an increase of 40% in prize money, CAF president Patrice Motsope reveals that the purpose of the increased prize money is to strengthen and develop African football.

CAF, the governing body for African football, declared that the upcoming 2023 AFCON in Cote d’Ivoire, scheduled from 13 January to 11 February, will see an enhanced financial reward for the quarterfinals upwards.

This implies that the Super Eagles and the remaining 23 participating nations will compete for a prize of seven million dollars.

According to CAF Media, the runner-up of TotalEnergies AFCON Cote d’Ivoire 2023 will now get USD 4,000,000, while each of the two semi-finalists will receive USD 2,500,000, and each of the four quarter-finalists will receive USD 1,300,000.

Patrice Motsepe, the president of CAF, commented on the progress achieved by the organisation in the past two years, stating that the increase in prize money is aimed at fortifying and advancing African football.

“I am confident that a portion of the prize money will contribute to developing football and also benefit all the football stakeholders, as well as assist our member associations with their administrations.”

AFCON begins on Saturday, 13th January, with hosts Cote d’Ivoire playing against Guinea-Bissau in Abidjan before Nigeria plays against Equatorial Guinea the following day at the same venue.

The Super Eagles kick off their AFCON 2023 journey, with Group A matchday-one action against Equatorial Guinea on Sunday, January 14 at the Olympic Stadium of Ebimpe, Abidjan.

Following this, a showdown with host nation Cote d’Ivoire awaits on Thursday, January 18, and they’ll wrap up the group stage against Guinea-Bissau on Monday, January 22 at Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, also in Abidjan.

The Super Eagles will be hoping to win the prestigious trophy for the 4th time in the nation’s history and the first trophy since Jose Peseiro took over as the head coach.

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