When you have mentioned the Africa Cup of Nations, the Champions League and the Confederation Cup are the two biggest football events in Africa, but what does the CAF Champions League prize money look like?
The prize money –as I suppose you know already – are monies paid not only to the champion but also to runners up, semi-finalists, quarter-finalists … and so on, in the tournament.
Esperance of Tunisia were paid $2.5 million CAF champions prize money by the Confederation of African Football for winning the 2019 edition.
That was not to be until in 2016 when CAF announced an increase in the prize money for its premier club competitions.
Although it’s less lucrative, the ultimate prize awaiting the triumphant team is a place in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Travel expenses have always been a huge challenge for African teams with flights from one country to another often involving lengthy stop-overs to reduce cost.
Poorer African countries teams rely on government financial assistance to play in not just CAF but FIFA competitions.
But with the revised CAF champions league winners prize, teams should be able to fare better.
Let see the full Prize Money as contained on CAF’s website.
CAF Champions League Winners Prize Money
Champions: US$ 2.5 million
Runners-up: US$ 1.25 million
Semi-finalists: US$ 875,000; total prize fund is $1.75m
Quarter-finalists: US$ 650,000; total prize fund is $2.6m
3rd in group stage: US$ 550,000; total prize fund is $2.2m
4th in group stage: US$ 550,000; total prize fund is $2.2m
Total: CAF champions league prize money for 2019 is $12.5 m.
To know all the teams who have benefitted from CAF champions league money, see a list I made of CAF champions league past winners.
And finally, there is no doubt that emerging as champions remain the primary ambition of participating teams, not just for the prestige that accompanies such feat, but for the huge CAF Champions League prize money too.