The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has increased the prize money of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations that kickoff today Sunday 9th January in Yaounde with the matches between hosts Cameroon and Burkina Faso (4 pm CAT time) and Ethiopia and Cape Verde (7 CAT) at Olembe Stadium.
The winner of the delayed Cup of Nations will walk home with a total of US$5 million according to the statement shared by the continental body.
“The CAF executive committee has resolved to increase the prize money of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021. The decision was taken at [Friday’s] executive committee meeting chaired by president Dr. Patrice Motsepe in Douala, Cameroon.” reads the statement
Here is the new prize money;
Winners $5m (an increase of $500,000)
Runners-up earn $2.75m (an increase of $250,000)
Semi-finalists $2.2m (an increase of $200,000)
The quarter-finalists will be paid $1.175m (an increase of $175,000)
In other developments, for the first time in history, CAF will use Video Assistant Referee in of the 52 matches in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON)
“Previously, Caf has used VAR starting from the quarterfinals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. However, with Caf advancing with plans not only to improve the image of refereeing but also produce world-class match officials in Africa, the implementation of VAR in all 52 matches in Cameroon is a step in the right direction.” said the body