AFCON 2019 Champions Algeria To Be Paid $4.5 Million, Super Eagles $1.2...

AFCON 2019 Champions Algeria To Be Paid $4.5 Million, Super Eagles $1.2 Million

By Wires Editor | The Trent on July 21, 2019
Baghdad Bounedjah
Algeria beat Senegal 1-0 to win Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria will earn $4.5 million dollars for emerging champions of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON which ended on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Baghdad Bounedjah scored the winner in the second minute as the desert foxes edged the Terranga Lions of Senegal 1-nil to claim their second AFCON title after 29 years.

Runners up, Senegal will get $2 million dollars while the Super Eagles of Nigeria who finished in third place will receive $1.5 million dollars.

Ismael Bennacer, the Algeria midfielder was named player of the tournament and young best player of the tournament while Algeria goalkeeper, Adrais Mbolhi was named the best goalkeeper of the tournament.

Since the last tournament in 2017, the Africa Cup of Nations has been expanded from 16 teams to 24.

Egypt has been hosting this year’s event, with six venues across four cities used.

The 74,100-capacity Cairo International Stadium hosts the final between Senegal and Algeria this evening.

The tournament has also been played in Europe’s summer for the first time.

It was previously held in January and February, causing disputes with European clubs who lose players during the middle of the season.

The Confederation of African Football confirmed in April that a price fund of $14.2 million would be shared between the best eight teams at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

Countries knocked at the quarter-final stage were rewarded with $800,000.

Beaten semi-finalists Nigeria and Tunisia contested in the third-place play-off for a share of $4 million, with each nation taking home $2 million.

Nigeria won the match 1-0 thanks to Odion Ighalo’s early goal.

The 2019 Africa Cup of Nations final is a $7 million showdown.

The winning nation will earn $4.5 million, while the runners-up will collect $2.5 million.

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