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Why SAFA hasn't paid Bafana players

SAFA still waiting to receive Bafana Bafana's AFCON prize money from CAF

by Sipho Mlotha

Sep 25, 2019 07:10 PM

Tags: South Africa Bafana Bafana SA National Teams AFCON 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations African Nations Cup

The reason Bafana Bafana players are still waiting to be paid for their exploits at the Africa Cup of Nations has been discovered.

SAFA has still not received the R11-million prize money they are supposed to get for reaching the quarterfinals of the tournament.

This is said to be the main reason the mother body of South African football has not been able to pay the players that represented the country in Egypt.

SAFA are not the only ones affected. The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) reportedly only received $600 000 from CAF back in August, from the total sum of $1.4-million they won for the third place at the continental tournament.

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Winners Algeria, runners-up Senegal and fourth-placed Tunisia are also yet to receive their full winnings two months since the competition took place.Acting SAFA CEO Russell Paul says everything regarding the issue will be much clearer by the end of this week.

"We are just seeking their full clarity," Paul tells

"Although they [CAF] have now started to give clarity, so I don't want to comment on it until maybe Friday. We are exchanging communication at the moment so I don't want to comment until I get the final comment from them."

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Asked if the African football mother body at least explained what is causing the delay, the answer was negative.

"No, that's why I'm saying we are in discussion with them, they are just talking to us at the moment, they are making clarity," Paul replies.

"They have made some payments but we are not sure what those payments are for. So that's why I don't want to comment until they have clarified all of that over the next two, three days."

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