Young Warriors guaranteed millions from CAF

By Michael Uugwanga

NAMIBIA’s  men U-20 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) squad that is currently in Mauritania for the AFCON U-20 tournament is set to receive millions of dollars in compensation.

This is in line with the Confederation of African Football (CAF) strategic plan that was announced in 2016 to improve packages across all of its competitions.         

According to CAF, the winner of the Total U-20 AFCON will walk away with U$250 000 (about N$3,5 million) an increase of 150 percent compared to the previous prize money of U$100 000 (about N$1,4 million).

The runners up will pocket U$175 000 (about N$2, 4 million), semi-finalists will each be receiving U$150 000 (about N$ 2,1 million).

A team that finishes third in each group will get U$125 000 (about N$1, 7 million) while the bottom team in each group will receive U$100 000 (about N$1,4 million) for their trouble.

However it is not yet clear on whether the money will go straight to the players or into the coffers of the Namibia Football Association (NFA).

When the Brave Warriors were at the African Nations Championships (CHAN) recently held in Cameroon from January 16 to February 7, each  player was reportedly receiving  N$30 000 per match from the three matches played, even though the Brave Warriors failed to reach the knockout stages of CHAN.

In total the team that failed to reach the knockout stages of CHAN received U$175 000 about (N$2, 4 million) from CAF in compensation.

The Young Warriors are currently joined top in group B with Central Africa Republic (CAR), Tunisia and Burkina Faso, after playing a 1-1 all draw against CAR on Monday, while Tunisia and Burkina Faso played out to a goalless draw also on Monday.

Namibia’s next match is tonight against Tunisia.