By Macdonald Ayang, November 18, 2016
Cameroon Journal, Yaounde – A windfall of over 500 million FCFA awaits the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon should they win the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations title on home soil.
This follows an announcement by the President of the Cameroon Football Federation, FECAFOOT, Monday evening that in the event where the team goes all the way to win the trophy, each of the 21 players will bag home a whopping 24.5 million FCFA after tax.
Authorities also said should the team win the tournament; head coach Carl Enow Ngachu will pocket 48 million FCFA.
The Lionesses have never won the continental women’s football trophy. However it is expected that the mega money announcement by sports authorities as well as the support from home fans will this time around act as a morale booster to the team that lost to Nigeria in the final of the immediate past edition of the tournament in Namibia in 2014.
In making the announcement at the end of Monday night’s meeting which brought together the players and technical staff of the women’s national team and officials of the Ministry of Sports and Physical Education, the federation boss, Tombi A Roko Sidiki, said the about 24.5 million FCFA lump sum will include participation and qualification bonuses as well as bonuses agreed vis-a-vis the advancement of the team through the various stages of the competition.
The FECAFOOT boss said each player will be entitled to 500,000 FCFA participation fees, with each also receiving four million as qualification bonus. He added that these bonuses were to be paid in the next couple of hours before the start of the competition.
For the others, he detailed that in the event of qualification for the quarter final of the competition, each of the 21 Lionesses will receive five million FCFA, eight million FCFA each for the semi-finals and 10 million FCFA should they lift the trophy on December 3.
Going by the announcement, the total amount per player will be 27, 500,000 FCFA, but will drop to 24, 475,000 after 11% compulsory tax deduction by government.
The women’s AFCON starts tomorrow November 19 with host Cameroon taking on Egypt in the opening game at the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium at 3: 30pm, (14:30 GMT)