President Alassane Ouattara has awarded over €3 million ($3.4 million) in bonuses to his country’s 2015 Africa Cup of Nations winners according to a Spokesman Ivorian Sports Ministry.
The Ivorian government had been reluctant to fund the country’s African Nation’s Cup 2015 campaign but with the team’s dramatic victory over Ghana Black Star in the final, Coach Herve’s men have been welcomed with a national holiday, invitations to the Presidential Palace and the award of the highest Order of Knights of the National Order.
Coach Renard will receive a bonus of more then €114 000 ($129,000) and each of his 23-man team will receive a house worth €46,000 ($52,000) as well as the same amount “in cash”, according to Sports Minister Alain Lobognon.
In addition, the Ivorian Football Federation will receive €380,000 ($429,000), with the technical and administrative staff sharing €460,000 ($520,000).
“Thanks to you, Ivory Coast is once more united. You managed to rebuild a strong team working as one towards one goal – winning and winning more. It’s a lesson in rallying people together. We had been dreaming about that title for a quarter of a century! Now, the cup is here and, as they say, all things come in threes”, remarked President Ouattara.
Last year, the Ivorian Government offered the players around £40,000 if they could make it through to the round of 16 in the World Cup and in 2012 they were offered €61,000 if they won the final of the African Nations’ Cup but the Elephants finished lost the finals to Zambia after a penalty-shoot-out.
By: Jammeh E.K. Bojang