In a remarkable display of skill and determination, the Nigerian Super Eagles have secured a staggering N3 billion ($2.5 million) prize money by defeating the Angolan team in the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON), propelling them into the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.
The Eagles’ journey to the semi-finals reached a crescendo with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Angola at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on Friday. This triumph not only marks a significant milestone in their quest for glory but also ensures a lucrative payday for the team.
As one of the last four teams standing in the competition, alongside South Africa, their semi-final opponents, DR Congo, and hosts Ivory Coast, the Eagles have already secured a substantial N3.5 billion ($2.5 million) payout. This windfall is a testament to their outstanding performance on the field and underscores their determination to clinch the coveted AFCON title.
Under the strategic guidance of coach Jose Peseiro, the Eagles are now gearing up for a crucial face-off against South Africa in Bouake, Ivory Coast’s second-largest city, on Wednesday. With their eyes set on the prize, the team is leaving no stone unturned in their pursuit of victory.
The increased prize money for AFCON winners was announced by the President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Dr. Patrice Motsepe, before the tournament. This significant boost in prize money reflects CAF’s commitment to the development of football across the continent and provides a welcome incentive for participating teams.
Dr. Motsepe expressed confidence that the increased prize money would contribute to the growth of football and benefit various stakeholders, including member associations and administrative bodies. The enhanced financial rewards aim to elevate the stature of AFCON and reinforce its position as one of the premier football tournaments in the world.
As the Super Eagles continue their quest for AFCON glory, their impressive performance thus far has captured the imagination of football fans across Nigeria and beyond. With their sights set on the ultimate prize, the Eagles are poised to make history and etch their names in the annals of African football.