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To grow the game better on African soil, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Monday announced a mouth watering range of prize money to be pocketed home by winning countries as the game gets set for kick off on Saturday in Gabon.
Otherwise, prize money for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon now totals $16.4 million (15.5 million euros), a 64 percent increase on the previous tournament in Equatorial Guinea two years ago.
Details sighted on CAF website showed that whereas winner’s rakes in $4 million, Runners-up goes home with $2 million, leaving $1.5m for Semi-finalists: $1.5 million each; Quarter-finalists: $800,000 each; Third in groups: $575,000 each; Fourth in groups: $475,000 each
Record shows that Nigeria, a three times champion had missed the tournament back to back in the last two years after the last win.