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Zambian offered cash incentive to retain their AFCON title

Published on: 21 January 2013

The Africa Cup of Nations  reigning champions Zambia opened their campaign today with the promise of a cash bonus from their country's president if they made the final and a 4.5 times that bonus if they bring the trophy home again.

Unfortunately for the Zambians they started slowly and could only manage a 1-1 draw against 10-man Ethiopia in their opening match.

President Michael Sata visited the team at their training camp in Nelspruit and issued a goodwill message to the team, ahead of the finals, saying: "I have never doubted your passion for the game, courage to overcome and desire to be champions. I know your determination to win and I believe in your abilities."

It was reported in the Zambia Daily Mail that the players will each receive $20,000 if they get to the final and $90,000 if they retain the cup.

The players each received $59,000 each for winning the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Zambia face Nigeria and Burkina Faso in their remaining Group games.

Comments

  • John says:
    January 21, 2013 11:37 pm
    Money can't buy you an AFCON title.
  • Chu says:
    January 22, 2013 12:39 am
    I checked the country's budget and the would go bankrupt ïf they let go that sum. They know cheap polo polo can't win so they made that fake promise. The country got cash strapped last year anf are not ready to loose $90000 over some young guys kicking some rubber around
  • Zambia is out toilet hole says:
    January 22, 2013 02:24 am
    Zambia is soccerly bankrupt.They have nothing at all only bosting of a one time lucky plus juju win.they cant continue to drink human blood so the are revealed to the world how poor they are .I never want to compare them with Ghana at all because what we have achieved is really second to none in Africa football and if they are blind to praise us the world does so.Now see,All the quality players Zambia has are what they have paraded.On Ghana’s side,we have great players in world football who are even not with the squad.apart from Gyan,Ananand pantsil ,the rest are young crop of players we are introducing because we don’t play teams like Zambia with Essien,Boateng,Muntari,Dede and Jordan Ayew,Nana Kwasi Asare,John Mensah,Owus Abeyie and you name them hahahaha,I have already given you another team.We just waste tarlents if we should invite such players to only play but Zambia and teams like this.Anyway Ghana Mali are going to proceed to the next stage.Ethiopia Nigeria will proceed to the next stage for group c.Zambia out because Nigeria will dismantle Zambia 3:0
  • muyu- says:
    January 22, 2013 03:20 am
    Ghana, we dont refuse to reconise what you have done. you have done quite a lot especially at world cup representing the whole of Africa. the problem is that dont rely on past glory and stop accusing us of having used juju and drinking human blood or won it by luck. how mwny accusation at a goal?when everyone heard what yo previous coach of European origin said. too much juju and thats why he resigned
  • Ghana wil never win Afcon says:
    January 22, 2013 06:08 am
    Ethiopa has done what Ghana has failed in two matches.
  • ghanians are the shit in the toilet says:
    January 22, 2013 07:06 am
    u re so hurt over zambia u moron.... Ghana has achieved nothing, u ve never won an AFCON in the 21st century. The last AFCON u won had 8-teams. Is this what u call achievements? Win a 16-team AFCON and Zambians may start respecting you but for now you are the shit in the toilet
  • ghanians are the shit in the toilet says:
    January 22, 2013 07:11 am
    In Zambia some people have a monthly salary of over 50,000 USD, we are not poor like u. $90,000 USD is less than the amount spent on a pajero for one minister, our ministers dont drive corolas like ur urs. Infact we have so much money that we were forced to rebase the currency so that people can easily count money coz they had too much money so counting was dificult. Go choke on that
  • Chipolopolo says:
    January 22, 2013 07:13 am
    If Ethiopia can manage a draw with Zambia, then Ghana is rily worse than Ethiopia for bein walloped two times even with the so called Ayews in the team
  • Papa says:
    January 22, 2013 07:22 am
    @Toilet Hole, it takes a thief to catch a thief. If you are sure that Zambia uses juju, then you must also be a sorcerer and wizard. Go back to your stinking toilet hole you shit head.
  • zio says:
    January 22, 2013 07:53 am
    the reason why most people here insult zambia is because they are actually scared of the country. simply shows that the country has improved in its football but that's hard to swallow by some ghanaians. Give credit when its due! just as we will give u credit when you win. no matter how many "stars" and professionals are in your team, football is about winning...thats where the glory lies. i reckon you dont just want to watch your team play well, you want them to win. its like being in university for 25years and never graduating! look at the stats, i would understand if egyptians were passing such comments because they have won it so many times unlike you... you werent even born when your country won their last cup
  • zio says:
    January 22, 2013 07:58 am
    but it can motivate you to play better!
  • zio says:
    January 22, 2013 08:00 am
    do your homework before making a f.ool of yourself.
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    January 22, 2013 08:18 am
    No amount of moni can motivate dis useless copper bullet...ast year luck was pn ur side dis year hahahaha is way different.u are goin back to bantuland after da first round. If ur government think u can mk uy dey would hv offerrd u a high winnin bonus..ahahahaha dey know final n da cup is a dream.u will da wounded super eagles..
  • zio says:
    January 22, 2013 08:26 am
    keep on expressing your verbal diarrhea while your team keeps drawing and loosing to "underdogs"
  • pike says:
    January 22, 2013 08:54 am
    LOLz i dont think you even know what you are talking about fool...You were sounding shaky...Bitches Zombies Nation
  • pike says:
    January 22, 2013 09:00 am
    I dont know why some ghanaians waste their precious breath over this useless zombie bitches...Ghana is a world class team and you can never compare yourselves to Ghana in anyways..We are totally ahead of you and that is the fact..Have you even played Brazil before?
  • pike says:
    January 22, 2013 09:02 am
    I KNOW WAR WILL SOON STRIKE IN YOUR COUNTRY AND YOU ALL WILL START TO KILL YOURSELVES FOOLISH TALKATIVES
  • pike says:
    January 22, 2013 09:38 am
    GO FUCK YOUR MOTHER OK
  • pike says:
    January 22, 2013 09:47 am
    I CAN SEE YOU ARE SOME 15YEARS OLD BOY FOOL..HAVE YOU EVEN HAD SOMETHING TO FEED ON THIS MORNING?
  • zio says:
    January 22, 2013 10:04 am
    you are on a rampage pike! cool it, this is soccer no need to get all emotional!
  • zio says:
    January 22, 2013 10:11 am
    cool it... no amount of insults will give you the afcon cup... let the fight take place on the pitch, not with your keyboard.
  • Zambia is out toilet hole says:
    January 22, 2013 05:29 pm
    WHAT A MONTROUS ANIMAL,I DONT EVEN WANT TO WASTE TIME ON YOU BECAUSE ZAMBIA HAS NEVER PLAYED WORLD CUP BEFORE.YOU ARE FULL OF GARBAGES.YOU PEOPLE STINK THAN YOUR ASS.WHEN DID YOU STOP DRINKING HUMAN BLOOD?YOU WILL NEVER PLAY WORLD CUP BECAUSE WE DONT REPRESENT AFRICA WITH SHITS LIKE YOU GUYS LIVING IN SUCH A POOR COUNTRY STILL A COLONY AT THIS TIME OF THE WORLD.WHITES THINK AND DECIDE FOR YOU SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU ARE APES.ONLY ONE PERCENT OF YOU IS HUMAN...THUS ABILITY TO TALK.YES ALL OTHER AFRICAN TEAMS ARE BETTER THAN GHANA EXCEPT ZAMBIA....BECAUSE WE DONT PLAY WITH ANIMALS.EI,ZAMBIANS ARE UGLY ESPECIALLY THEIR PLAYERS.THE ONE CONSIDERED TO BE UGLY IN GHANA IS THE MOST HANDSOME ZAMBIAN.COME TO GHANA AND SEE HOW ZAMBIANS ARE CHASING RATS IN OUR BACKYARDS,BEGGING FOR MONEY AND GIRLS INDULGING IN PROSTITUTION,BUT WHAT MAKE ME HAPPY IS THAT ONLY ZAMBIANS HERE PATRONIZE THEM BECAUSE NO GHANAIAN WILL GO FOR AN APE.FOOLS,PACK AND GO AS SOON AS NIGERIA DISCARD YOU.COME TO GHANA FOR WORLD CUP QUALIFIER,WE SHALL SCORE YOU AND MAKE OUR POLICE FORCE BEAT YOUR TEAM AS YOU DID TO OUR PLAYERS LAST YEAR IN ZAMBIA.I MEAN IT.
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    January 23, 2013 06:20 am
    AND THAT IS WHY THEY CAN MATE WITH ANIMALS?RAPING CHICKEN TO DEATH IN ZAMBIA AND YOU SAY YOU ARhttp://www.lusakatimes.com/2012/06/21/kapiri-mposhi-men-gang-rape-chicken-death/E HUMANS?FOLLOW THIS LINK
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    January 23, 2013 06:28 am
    BREAKING NEWS,,,CAN ANYBODY TELL ME FOR WHAT REASON A HUMAN BEING WILL MATE WITH CHICKEN AND EVEN RESULTING IN DEATH? NO WHERE THAN IN ZAMBIA .I TOLD YOU THOSE ARE ANIMALS NOT HUMAN BECAUSE ONLY ANIMALS MATE WITH OTHER ANIMALS.OH MY GOD,WE ARE PLAYING SOCCER WITH ANIMALS.BELOVED ONES,,,JUST COPY AND PASTE THIS LINK TO TELL ME THAT I AM UNTRUTHFUL. http://www.lusakatimes.com/2012/06/21/kapiri-mposhi-men-gang-rape-chicken-death/
  • zambia is our toilet hole says:
    January 23, 2013 06:31 am
    NO AFRICAN COUNTRY IN THE WORLD WITH PEOPLE WILL HAVE A HUMAN MATING WITH A CHICKEN TO DEATH UNLESS IN ZAMBIA WHERE THE POPULhttp://www.lusakatimes.com/2012/06/21/kapiri-mposhi-men-gang-rape-chicken-death/ATION IS 100 PERCENT ANIMALS. JUST COPY AND PASTE THIS.