Big payout awaits Bafana

The two COSAFA rivals square off in the third and last round of CHAN qualifiers next month over the weekends of August 11-13 and 18-20, with Bafana set to host the first leg in this Southern Zone contest.

Bafana made light weight of Botswana in the previous round with a 3-0 aggregate victory as they kept their unbeaten record over The Zebras intact, while Chipolopolo hammered Swaziland 7-0 over two legs.

Effective from next year’s finals to be held in Kenya, all 16 finalists will be guaranteed US$175 000 (R2.266 million), which is what the teams that finish last in each of the four groups will be paid by the continental mother body courtesy of their sponsorship with Total.

CAF late last year announced a 75% increase for the minimal prize-money for the bottom-placed teams at the finals of this competition, which caters for players plying their trade in their respective domestic leagues.

Previously the fourth placed nations were handed US$100 000.

Next year, third place will be worth US$200 000 (up from US$125 000) with quarter-finalists getting US$300 000 (up from US$175 000), semi-finalists earning US$400 000 (up from US$250 000), runners-up US$700 000 (up from US$400 000) and the winners taking home a healthy US$1,25 million (up from US$750 000).

Next month’s two matches between Bafana and Chipolopolo will bring to 20 the number of meetings between the two countries.

In 18 previous encounters, Chipolopolo lead the head-to-head statistics with six wins compared to Bafana’s five, while seven encounters have ended in stalemates.

The fifth edition of the CHAN finals will be played from January 11-February 2 next year.

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