NATIONAL – Each Bafana player will pocket a handsome amount for reaching the last 16 at Afcon, while an even bigger payday is guaranteed should they make it past Egypt. Bafana players are each in for a hefty bonus, following their qualifi cation to the second round of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. After fi nishing third in Group D, with three points and a solitary goal, Stuart Baxter’s men were still in with a chance to make the next round, pending results from the last day of the round-robin stage.
A goalless draw between Tunisia and Mauritania, along with a victory for Mali over Angola conspired to hand Bafana a last-16 spot, where they face their stiffer task yet – going past the hosts to make it to the quarterfi nals. While far from convincing, Bafana’s exploits so far in the competition have earned each player at least R380 000, along with their regular match fee. According to South African Football Association (Safa) boss Danny Jordaan, the expectation ahead of the tournament was that they would at least make the second round. This includes a R60 000 win bonus for beating Namibia in their second group match.
This includes a R60 000 win bonus for beating Namibia in their second group match. “That’s why we have a bonus structure‚ to go to the second round. Because it’s no use you win one match‚ win this match,” Jordaan was quoted by TimesLive over the weekend. “That’s when we give them R320 000 each. And if they had gotten the normal win bonuses of R60 000 (per game)‚ you would get R180 000 (for three group wins). “But we want to go to the second round. So we double it to go to the second round.” Said Danny Jordan.
The fi gure set to be paid out to Bafana players for qualifying for the second round is equal to that which was promised to Banyana Banyana, should they have done the same in the Fifa Women’s World Cup. Banyana missed out on the R320 000 after losing all their group games in their maiden World Cup appearance, but each player pocketed a R20 000 tournament appearance fee.
More money awaits Baxter’s men. For Bafana, an even bigger pay day awaits, should they at least beat the hosts on Saturday. Each player could potentially earn over R1million by the time the curtain closes on Afcon 2019. Should they beat Egypt, Bafana players will each earn R520 000, while a semifi nal fi nish guarantees a R670 000 payout from Safa. Winning the tournament will be accompanied by a bonus of R920 000 for each player. South Africa and Egypt meet at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday, 6 July.