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World Cup: FIFA To Pay African Teams $2m Cash Before Tournament | The Precision

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FIFA will advance $2 million in prize money to each of
the five African teams that have qualified for the World Cup to help
them prepare for the tournament, the Confederation of African Football
(CAF) said.

Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia have
qualified for the tournament in Russia, and CAF president Ahmad Ahmad
said in a statement that the money would be used “to settle beforehand
the question of bonuses due the players.” 
Disputes over payments
at previous tournaments “had led to situations that affected badly the
image of African football, with a considerable impact on team
performances,” he added. 
Last year, Nigeria’s football federation
(NFF) signed an agreement with its players pledging to avoid the bonus
and pay rows that have blighted past World Cup campaigns. 


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The
Super Eagles were involved in a protracted dispute ahead of the 2013
Confederations Cup in Brazil and a bonus row also disrupted their World
Cup campaign in 2014. 
Similar problems have affected other African teams. 
The
32 teams taking part in the June-July tournament receive $1.5 million
each from FIFA in the form of a preparation fee and are guaranteed a
minimum of $8 million more in prize money after the tournament ends. (Reuters)

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