Football

Zanaco bank $550,000

MUMAMBA Numba.

MATHEWS KABAMBA, Kitwe
ZANACO will receive US$550,000 for reaching the CAF Champions League group stage.

The Bankers, who finished third in Group D, will receive the same amount with winless Coton Sport of Cameroon, who finished bottom of the group with no point.
According to Cafonline.com, Moroccan side Wydad Casablanca and Egyptian giants Al Ahly are guaranteed US$650,000 for reaching the quarter-finals.
Zanaco were eliminated from Africa’s premier club competition after finishing third in Group D with 11 points at par with Al Ahly, one behind leaders Wydad Casablanca.
The Bankers, who lost 1-0 to Wydad in a penultimate match in Casablanca, missed out on the last eight due to an inferior goal aggregate.
Al Ahly, who thumped Coton Sport 3-1 in Alexandria, have scored seven goals and conceded three, while Zanaco netted four and allowed two.
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) and French oil giants Total signed a lucrative eight-year sponsorship deal that resulted in increased prize monies for various competitions.
The lucrative deal made CAF to change the format of the Champions League to expand the tournament from eight teams in the group stage to 16 starting this year.
Winners of the competition will be rewarded with a whopping US$2,500,000.
Zesco United, who face South Africa Absa Premiership side SuperSport United in the Confederation Cup quarter-finals, are guaranteed US$350,000 in an event that they fail to progress to the last four.
The Zlatko Krmpotic-tutored side topped Group C with 10 points following the disqualification of Sudanese side Al Hilal Ubayyid from the competition due to government interference in the running of the Sudanese Football Association.
Winners of the Confederation Cup will pocket US$1,250,000.

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