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MBABANE – It will be raining money for the national team, Sihlangu players after their gallant performance in the 2021 COSAFA Cup.

The bronze medallists will each take home about E18 000 in allowances. The 24 players who represented the country in the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) were expected back home yesterday evening from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The actual figure for each player is E18 250, including winning bonuses. Each win carries a token of E3 000 per player. Sihlangu, led by coach Dominic Kunene, won three matches; beating Lesotho 3-1, Zambia 1-0 and Mozambique 4-2 after penalties. That will see each player receiving E9 000 in winning bonuses. The team spent about 23 days in camp before the COSAFA Cup and each player is paid an allowance of E250 per day spent in camp. Sihlangu started camp in preparation for the regional tournament on June 27 and it ended yesterday. That totals to 23 days and each player will be paid about E5 750 in the daily allowances. Sihlangu players registered E1 500 for a draw and E1 000 for a loss. Sihlangu lost two matches during the COSAFA Cup as they were beaten 1-0 by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana and lost 2-5 against Senegal after penalties in the semi-finals. The players will be getting E2 000 each for that results.

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The Eswatini Football Association (EFA) is expected to spend about E500 000 in total on the players’ allowances, excluding the technical bench and the other officials including chef demission and COVID-19 officer, among others officials. A source close to the matter said it was now good news for Sihlangu players when they are called up after the improved allowances. The allowances were reviewed in 2019 and the squad started to benefit last year. Sihlangu won a bronze medal in the tournament, earning the third prize money of E150 000. The COSAFA Cup came at a cost for EFA as they also had to pay E270 000 for participation fee that was introduced this year.

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A player who preferred to comment on condition of anonymity, confirmed that they will be expecting a bigger pay after the tournament. He said they gave their best during the tournament knowing that there was a reward. The player said the incentives motivated them to work harder. “I believe this would be highest allowances to be paid after the increment last year. We are happy that as players we also contributed to the country by winning the bronze medal and the E150 000,” he said. EFA Marketing and Communications Officer Muzi Radebe could not be reached for comment yesterday as they were on their journey back home. EFA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Mngomezulu’s cell phone rang unanswered yesterday afternoon.

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