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Warriors still owed appearance fees for Afcon clash against Ivory Coast

09 July 2019 | Sports

The Fifa normalisation committee has confirmed that the Brave Warriors squad that competed at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in Egypt were paid their dues for their first and second group matches.

The payments included qualification bonuses and call-up/camping fees, as well as appearance monies.

Committee chairperson Hilda Basson-Namundjebo said the players received their monies for the match played against Morocco on 23 June, which Namibia lost 0-1, courtesy of an own-goal. They were also paid for their match against South Africa on 28 June, which they lost by the same scoreline.

The outstanding appearance monies are for their third and final group match against Ivory Coast, which was played on 1 July. Namibia lost 1-4 and were bundled out of the ongoing tournament.

“We are now busy making arrangements to courier the players' possessions from Egypt, which will be done by Friday. Then we will see if we are in a deficit or in an excess in terms of the budget,” said Basson-Namundjebo.

She also confirmed that the team is gearing up to take part in the African Nations Championship (Chan) qualifiers, with the money coming from “elsewhere”.

“With or without sponsorship, the team will play the Chan qualifiers. The Brave Gladiators will also take part in the upcoming Cosafa women's senior and under-20 tournaments,” Basson-Namundjebo confirmed.

Namibia received an unconfirmed budget of N$13 million from the ministry of sport for Afcon 2019. The amount was cut from the initially proposed N$19 million, after some strange allocations were uncovered and reported on.

From the allocations, and according to a source, it is understood that the players received close to N$180 000 each as qualification bonuses, but this amount was for those who played in all five qualifying matches.

Individual qualification bonuses thus depended on the amount of qualification matches played. The call up/camping fees were N$82 000 if a player stayed for the duration of camp, right through to the Afcon finals, and N$73 000 each was paid in appearance fees for the three tournament matches.

Ricardo Mannetti and his two assistants, Collin Benjamin and Ronnie Kanalelo, who has announced he will no longer be part of the technical set-up, also walked home with decent cheques for their hard work.

The three were slated to pocket close to N$240 000 each in appearance fees and N$200 000 each for call-up/camping fees, which totals to N$440 000 each.