Bafana Bafana’s failure to qualify for the FIFA World Cup has left SAFA alongside its member clubs missing out on approximately R182 million in financial incentives.
Hugo Broos’ charges crashed out in the group stages of World Cup qualifying with Ghana eventually advancing to the playoffs where they overcame Nigeria to seal their place in Qatar.
Bafana last qualified for the World Cup 20 years ago and then played at the 2010 tournament by virtue of being hosts.
Since then, Bafana have missed out on qualification for three consecutive tournaments held in Brazil, Russia, and now Qatar.
Instead of being in Qatar with the best from around the world, Bafana have found themselves playing friendly matches against Mozambique and Angola’s local based players who are preparing for the CHAN finals next year.
That has meant Bafana miss out on the USD 9 million (approx. R156 million) paid by FIFA to each team knocked out in the group stages.
Qualification for Qatar already carried a USD 1,5 million (approx. R26 million).
A last 16 place is worth USD 13 million (approx. R225 million), quarterfinals USD 17 million (approx. R295 million), fourth place USD 25 million (approx. R433 million), third place USD 27 million (approx. R467 million), and runners-up USD 30 million (approx. R519 million).
This year the world champions will get USD 42 million (approx. R727 million).
Had Bafana qualified, a sizeable number of players would have come from PSL clubs earning them handsome allowances of USD 10 000 (approx. R173 000) for every day that each player spends in Qatar.
FIFA pays an allowance to every club with a player at the World Cup for every day that the player remains with his national team at the tournament through the Club Benefits Programme.
Clubs would have been guaranteed over R3 million for each player, which is paid for the days in the group stages.
At the last World Cup in Russia, Nigerian goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was the only PSL player and his club Chippa United was paid about USD23700 (which was approximately R3,2 million at the time) even though he didn’t play with the Super Eagles going out in the first round.
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