December 1 – The African Football Confederation (CAF) has granted financial subsidies of $500,000 to each of its qualified countries to help prepare their teams for the Russia 2018 World Cup.
Meeting on the sidelines of the Russia 2018 Final Draw in Moscow today, an ad hoc committee set up by the CAF executive committee in November to look into ways the confederation could support their teams for the 2018 World Cup, finalised the decision.
The ad hoc committee was chaired by Kalusha Bwlaya, a CAF executive member, and included the presidents of the five qualified federations – Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, and Tunisia.
CAF said that the “financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision” of each team.
CAF is also providing the teams with ‘fieldwiz’ technology that measures individual player performances.
African teams have frequently struggled to finance their attendance at world cups, with players even demanding to be paid up front before they leave their team hotel to travel to the host country and FIFA having to step in with emergency cash to get them to the tournament. CAF will hope that their grant will help prevent these situations occurring for Russia 2018.
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