While the major target for countries at the Africa Cup of Nations is the pride of victory and getting hands on the prestigious title, CAF has also prepared mouth-watering cash rewards for each level of victory attained.
As the Super Eagles are gearing up for a quarterfinal clash against Angola’s Palancas Negras at the 34th Africa Cup of Nations in Côte d’Ivoire, the match not only presents an opportunity to get a last-4 spot but also a massive $2.5 million prize (approximately N2.2B) for the victorious side.
The $2.5 million prize is stipulated by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) for teams advancing to the semi-finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.
This is an added motivation for the Super Eagles, who have already secured $800,000 for progressing beyond the group stage and $1.3 million for defeating Cameroon to reach the last-8.
Beyond the mouth-watering financial rewards, the AFCON quarterfinal clash against Angola brings back to the Nigerian people, memories of the role the Angolan team played in thwarting Nigeria’s 2006 FIFA World Cup participation hopes. The Super Eagles’ hopes were dashed after a narrow 1-0 loss in Luanda followed by a tense 1-1 draw in Kano.
The match also carries emotional weight as Nigerian football enthusiasts remember the tragic passing of Eagles star Samuel Okwaraji during a 1990 World Cup qualifier against Angola.
Nigeria’s 2023 AFCON quater-final clash vs Angola is scheduled to take place at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan on Friday, February 2, 2024 .
While the Palancas Negras aim for their first-ever semifinal appearance, Nigeria brings a formidable track record, reaching the semifinals in 15 out of their previous 19 appearances in the competition.