Second division set for winning prize money increase

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Along with its new name, a change from GladAfrica Championship, the Motsepe foundation Championship is set for a prize money increase. This was indicated by CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe at a press conference earlier this week.

"We want to know about the money… I can assure you, it [winning prize increase] is significant,” Motsepe told media.

"Because football is something we love, it's who we are. It's more than just what happens on the field."

Previously, the second division winners would earn R3 million and automatic entry into the top flight, with the runners-up getting R1.5 million and R1 million going to third-placed.

"I’m confident that Premier Soccer League (PSL), as we move forward, will still get sponsorship from many of the biggest companies in the country, as well as globally," Motsepe added.

5. Steven Pienaar (Everton to Tottenham Hotspur) -
5. Steven Pienaar (Everton to Tottenham Hotspur) - £3.2m in 2011 (£8.9m / R202m today)
10. Steven Pienaar (Borussia Dortmund to Everton)
10. Steven Pienaar (Borussia Dortmund to Everton) - £2.4m in 2008 (£6.4m / R145m today)
3. Steven Pienaar (Tottenham Hotspur to Everton) -
3. Steven Pienaar (Tottenham Hotspur to Everton) - £5.1m in 2012 (£13.8m / R314m today)
9. Shaun Bartlett (Zurich to Charlton Athletic) -
9. Shaun Bartlett (Zurich to Charlton Athletic) - £2.7m in 2001 (£6.8m / R154m today)
8. Quinton Fortune (Atletico Madrid to Manchester
8. Quinton Fortune (Atletico Madrid to Manchester United) - £2m in 1999 (£6.9m / R157m today)
7. Mark Fish (Orlando Pirates to Lazio) - £1.1m in
7. Mark Fish (Orlando Pirates to Lazio) - £1.1m in 1996 (£8.5m / R193m today)
6. Mbulelo Mabizela (Orlando Pirates to Tottenham
6. Mbulelo Mabizela (Orlando Pirates to Tottenham Hotspur) - £2m in 2003 (£8.6m / R195m today)
4. Benni McCarthy (FC Porto to Blackburn Rovers) -
4. Benni McCarthy (FC Porto to Blackburn Rovers) - £3.3m in 2006 (£11.5m / R261m today)
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2. Mark Fish (Lazio to Bolton Wanderers) - £2.7m in 1997 (£15.5m / R352m today)
1. Benni McCarthy (Ajax Amsterdam to Celta Vigo) -
1. Benni McCarthy (Ajax Amsterdam to Celta Vigo) - £5.4m in 1999 (£18.6m / R423m today)

This cash injection follows an increase of R2 million for winners of the ABC Motsepe League from R1 million to R3 million due to struggles faced by clubs, Motsepe said. 

"Part of what we’re doing is to increase the prize money because they’ve been getting R1-million – [the plan is] to increase that to R3-million," he explained.

PSL chairman Dr Irvin Khoza also confirmed that efforts are being made to bring in more broadcasting to the second division but explained the stumbling block lies in getting enough interest in the matches to justify the costs of covering them.

"We will try our best to get more televised. I know it's going to be hard on SABC. Maybe we’ll persuade Supersport to do more. We have the appetite for that," Khoza confirmed.