Chippa score R3m World Cup boost

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport - Nick Said

Chippa United have re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant wind­fall from Fifa as the only Premier Soc­cer League club to send a player to the 2018 World Cup in Rus­sia.

Nige­rian goal­keeper Daniel Akpeyi was part of the Su­per Ea­gles squad that ex­ited in the first round and, though he did not get any play­ing time‚ the Chilli Boys will be paid $237‚720 (ap­prox­i­mately R3.3m) just for hav­ing him at the global soc­cer show­case.

The pay­ment is part of an amount of $209m (about R2.9bn) that is to be paid out to 416 clubs from 63 mem­ber as­so­ci­a­tions who had play­ers at the fi­nals in Rus­sia‚ which rep­re­sents an al­most 200% in­crease on 2014.

Although Chippa owner Siviwe Mpen­gesi may be pop­ping the cham­pagne‚ the club’s award pales in com­par­i­son to other teams who had more play­ers at the fi­nals.

Africa’s top earner was Egyp­tian giants Al Ahly‚ who re­ceives $1.744‚695 (R24.2m)‚ while the likes of Espérance (R10.6m)‚ Club Africain (R9.5m) and Etoile du Sa­hel (R8.9m) were also big ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

It is one of the rea­sons why Premier Soc­cer League clubs should be des­per­ate to see Bafana Bafana qual­ify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar‚ be­cause there is much to gain for clubs with a num­ber of play­ers in the na­tional team.

The club that ben­e­fited most glob­ally was Manch­ester City‚ who will re­ceived a lit­tle over $5m (R70m).

The amounts were cal­cu­lated based on the to­tal pot of $209m di­vided by the num­ber of play­ers at the tour­na­ment and the num­ber of days each player spent at the fi­nals, in­clud­ing the two week build-up.

It worked out to US$8‚530 (R119‚000) per day per player‚ with Akpeyi’s build-up and stay cal­cu­lated at 28 days.

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