The Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) on Friday through its official website announced a financial assistance of $500,000 each to the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the quartet of Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Senegal ahead of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
The decision to offer the five African representatives to next year’s World Cup, which will serve as assistance to the countries, was taken during CAF’s Executive Committee meeting held in Rabat, Morocco on November 16, 2017.
A statement on CAF’s website reads: “At its last meeting held on 16 November 2017 in Rabat, Morocco, the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF 1st Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi, to map out a kind of support to be provided to African representatives to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.
“The committee, which has the Confederation of Africa Football Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia, on the sidelines of the draw for the FIFA World Cup scheduled for 1 December 2017.
“At the meeting, it was decided that the Confederation of Africa Football will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand dollars) to each of the five African teams. The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.
” In addition, CAF will provide each African representative with “fieldwiz” equipment, a technological device and physical performance measuring tool for outdoor team sports players.”
Nigeria were drawn against Argentina, Iceland and Croatia in Friday evening’s draw while Egypt who are making a return to the World Cup since Italia 90 will campaign in Group A alongside Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.
Morocco face what is on paper the toughest group at the World Cup with the Atlas Lions who did not concede a goal at the qualifiers to play in Group B with Portugal, Spain and Iran.,
Tunisia were pooled in Group G which contains Belgium, Panama and England. It is Poland, Colombia and Japan for the Teranga Lions of Senegal.