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17 African clubs bag $6.32m World Cup Benefits Programme cash

Fifa has confirmed a total $6.32 million in payments to be made to 17 clubs from 7 African countries whose players contributed to the success of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

The allocation falls under the Fifa Club Benefits Programme which sees to it that a share of the revenues from the competition is redistributed among clubs.

On Tuesday, football’s world governing body announced that in total, USD 209 million will be paid out to 416 clubs from 63 member associations, which represents a significant increase of almost 200 per cent compared to the previous edition.

A total of 17 clubs including powerhouses likes Club Africain, Zamalek, Esperance, Al Ahly, Enyimba are among the beneficiaries from 7 African countries to benefit for the involvement of their present and former players at the Russia World Cup.

Of the $6,320,805 going to seven African national associations for onward payments to the respective clubs, Egyptian giants Al Ahly will receive the lion’s share, as much as $1.74m. Their rivals Zamalek are second highest earnest on $795,937.50 followed by Tunisia’s Club Africain who are also to bag $679,200.

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Distribution mechanism

Payments are distributed via the respective National Associations to those clubs that release players to the final competition of the FIFA World Cup.

The amount per player per day, split amongst the clubs where the players were registered during the seasons 2016/17 and 2017/18 (including the period of the World Cup itself), is fixed at $8,530 (compared to $2,800 in 2014).

The player per day calculation starts 14 days prior to the opening game and ends the day after the last match of the national teams in question.

Whether or not the player actually makes it onto the pitch is irrelevant. A player’s former clubs may receive up to two thirds of the total sum.

Fifa statement in part

“The FIFA World Cup is the pinnacle of football, generating passion and emotion from every player and every fan in every corner of the world. It is FIFA’s responsibility to redistribute the revenues of this unique competition among the entire football community, and clubs, obviously, deserve to share in this success as they were key contributors. I’m very pleased to see that teams from so many different regions will benefit from this programme, which will help to develop football even further around the globe,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Unsurprisingly, the ten clubs who had the most players in the squads at the World Cup and who will in turn receive the biggest share of the benefits are all European powerhouses: Manchester City FC, Real Madrid CF, Tottenham Hotspur FC, FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain FC, Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC, Club Atlético de Madrid, Juventus FC, and AS Monaco.




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