Uganda’s CHAN Cranes were guaranteed Shs 647m (US$175,000) for qualifying for the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (Chan) in Cameroon.
They had a chance of increasing that amount to as much as Shs4.6bn ($1.25m) that will be received by the winners upon the conclusion of the final slated for February 7 at Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé.
By finishing bottom of group C having drawn with Rwanda (0-0) and lost to both Togo (1-2) and Morocco (2-5), coach Jonny McKinstry’s team settled for the bare minimum.
The champions’ prize kitty is an increase from the US$700,000 received by 2018 winners Morocco from the Confederation of African Football (CAF).
The runners-up of this tournament will receive US$700,000, while the third-and fourth-placed teams will bag home the sums of US$400,000 and US$300,000 respectively.
The DR Congo is the most successful team in the tournament. They have lifted the trophy for a record two times.
The home based Leopards were crowned champions of the inaugural edition in 2009 (in Côte d’Ivoire) before winning again in 2016 (in Rwanda).
To add to their total, DR Congo must knock out hosts Cameroon when the quarterfinals kick off on Saturday.
Mali vs Congo Brazavile, 7pm
DR Congo vs Cameroon, 10pm
Morocco vs Zambia, 7pm
Guinea vs Rwanda, 10pm
ALL TIME CHAN CHAMPIONS
2009 – DR Congo
2011 – Tunisia
2014 – Libya
2016 – DR Congo
2018 – Morocco