El Amrani: CAF won’t increase Afcon prize money

There will be no increase in the amount of money paid out to team by the football confederation even though the organisation’s revenues have improved over time

The Secretary General of Confederation of African Football (Caf), Hicham El Amrani has said that the organisation has no plans to increase the existing $1.5 million cash prize for the winner of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Caf said that it has no intention of neither increasing the money for the runner-up down to the group stages despite the improvement in the revenue of the Federation which organizes and administers football in the continent.

El Amrani said that in as much as Caf would have loved to increase the money meant for the winner of the competition, the revenue accrued by the organisation is always the determinant of such. He said the prize money remains as it is for now and won’t change despite the fact that CAF’s revenue has increased.

“We always raise the prize money when we get more revenue and that has always been done in a proportionate manner. So we will carry on the way we are doing it now. That will not change,” El Amrani said at a press conference organised by Caf and the Local Organising Committee of the Afcon on Friday.

He also disclosed that the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit will host the already scheduled semi-finals match despite the sorry state of the pitch which he claimed they are working round the clock to improve on.  

“Plan A is Mbombela, so is plans C and B. The scheduled matches at the venue would hold as planned and we hope that the pitch continues to improve as we are working hard to improve on it. We, however, have no intention of moving the matches elsewhere,” the former footballer declared.

 He, however, revealed that the Mbombela Stadium won’t host any of the 2014 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) tournament as a result of CAF’s decision to spread the hosting of the competition to other cities in the country that did not have the privilege of hosting the 2013 Afcon.