AFCON 2023: Increase in prize money key to gap narrowing

AFCON 2023: Increase in prize money key to gap narrowing
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An increase in the 2023 AFCON prize money has contributed to the success of traditionally lower-ranked teams in the ongoing competition. According to the Confederation of African Football president Patrice Motsepe, the recent boost of the tournament prize pool is helping to increase the money that ends in the players' pockets. Motsepe was speaking before the AFCON quarter-finals hosted on Friday last week in Ivory Coast.

Several pre-tournament favorites have suffered an early exit in the competition, including the title holders Senegal, former winners Egypt and Algeria, and the 2022 World Cup semifinal team, Morocco. However, the competition has plenty of thrilling football action that football punters can wager on. That said, you can learn how to register and claim 1XBet Uganda bonus to be part of the action.

The Confederation of African Football announced the increase in the prize pool on the eve of the AFCON debut, with the overall winners claiming $7m in prize money. That’s a whopping 40% increase compared to the previous AFCON tournament.

Talking to the press, the CAF president said that many players in the AFCON don’t earn the same amount of money and increase the prize money. As such, increasing the prize pool immensely inspires them to display their best performance in the hopes of winning the cash.

There will also be more money invested into academies for talent development and fans can expect to see the results of this investment in the future. That shows the future for African football is bright and it’s evident in the current tournament as the so-called underdogs are producing incredible results in Ivory Coast.

For instance, Namibia managed to edge out Tunisia as Mozambique’s incredible comeback draw resulted in Ghana’s departure. Equatorial Guinea also stunned the hosts Ivory Coast with a 4-0 triumph in the group stage. As a result, only four out of the eight quarter-finalists have ever won an AFCON title before and the tournament has already produced 105 goals from 44 matches.

A new dawn for African football

The CAF president feels proud that this year's AFCON has delivered a thrilling action for the player, with several unexpected twists and turns. Motsepe believes the change indicates a new dawn for African football as the quality of the game in the continent has significantly increased. That attracts more spectators to watch the game and increases the commercial value of African football.

Besides the level of football entertainment coming from Ivory Coast this year, much praise is also being leveled towards the standard of refereeing. Motsepe has also acknowledged that the high level of refereeing boosts the reputation of football in Africa. As such, African football is set to receive the acknowledgment it deserves in the future.

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