Mamelodi Sundowns again in the money as restructured CAF Champions League pays dividends- Mamelodi Sundowns’ progression to the quarter-finals of this year’s restructured CAF Champions League has already guaranteed the holders a pay day that almost equals the Absa Premiership title winners’ cheque.
It can be recalled that last year, Sundowns earned US$1,5 million [approximately R20.2 million0 for finishing as champions and this year the continental body has increased the prize-money by 66,67%. From Calculations , the Liberian international has made off a significant digits from his play at the South African Club and his reward is clear ,that football pays .
For being the new kings of Africa, the Brazilians’ players were handsomely rewarded by club president Patrice Motsepe, with head coach Pitso Mosimane having previously declared that all the players at the club are now ‘millionaires’.
The Brazilians have already secured themselves US$650 000 [approximately R8,750, 000] for reaching the last eight, where they face Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca in September, coming at just under R1 million less than the R10 million reward offered by sponsors ABSA to the league winners.
With the adjustments that have been made to the CAF Champions League this year with the group stages expanded from eight to 16 teams, the upcoming quarter-final round has been introduced, where previously teams went from the group stages straight through to the semi-finals.
Passage into the last four is worth US$875,000 [approximately R11,795,000] while the winners’ cheque is a dizzying US$2,5 million [R33,7 million] and the runners-up will pocket half that amount.
The Brazilians were also paid US$1 million [R13, 48 million] for finishing sixth at the FIFA Club World Cup, which was also shared by the players as is the norm at Chloorkop.