Champions of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) will return home with a prize money of five million U.S. dollars (about N2.8 billion), the Confederation of African Football, CAF, has decided.
The winners’ prize money was increased from $4.5 million on Friday in Douala, Cameroon during the CAF executive committee meeting.
The increment is 11 per cent higher than the previous prize money.
Meanwhile, the competition’s runners-up will get $2.75 million in prize money, up from $2.5 million and an increase of 10 per cent.
The prize monies for the semi-finalists and the quarter-finalists were also increased, with the total sum of the increase on all prize monies being $1.85 million.
CAF, in a statement, said the increase was in line with its commitment to rewarding merit performance and enhancing the status of the competition, which is now in its 33rd edition.
The new AFCON prize money structure is as follows:
* Winners: 5 million dollars (an increase of 500,000 dollars)* Runners-up: 2.75 million dollars (an increase of 250,000 dollars)
* Semi-Finalists: 2.2 million dollars (an increase of 200,000 dollars)
* Quarter-Finalists: 1.175 million dollars (an increase of 175,000 dollars)