Cote d'Ivoire will be competing at the 2014 World Cup

Cote d?Ivoire will be competing at the 2014 World Cup

Business24

By Ameenu Shardow

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The Ivory Coast government has approved a $5.4m budget for the Elephants? campaign at the 2014 World Cup ? over $4m less than what was approved by Ghana for the same tournament.

The Ivorian players will however be earning over $15,000 more than their Ghanaian counterparts in appearance fees for June?s tournament in Brazil.

This was contained in a release from the Ivorian government which approved 2.5 billion CFA francs ($5.4m) for their team?s participation at the World Cup.

The amount will cover match bonuses, transport, hotel bills for a 65-man delegation, including players and officials of the football federation and the ministry of sports.

The budget also includes bonuses for the Elephants? qualification to the World Cup which is 2 million CFA francs ($4 200) per match for eight matches played, totalling 548 million CFA francs ($1.2m), to be paid before the beginning of the competition.

The appearance fee for the tournament itself was pegged at 50 million CAF francs ($104 000), totalling 1.15 billion CFA francs ($2.4m), to be paid after the publication of the list of 23 players ? the same as what was paid for the 2006 and 2010 editions.

Eventual bonuses for Round of 16 have been pegged at $35 000 for each player; Quarterfinals ? $42 000; Semifinals ? $69 000 and Final ? $135 000.

The two Ivorian referees selected by FIFA to officiate at the World Cup also have their share in the budget, with $32 000 going to the centre referee (Doue Noumandiez Desire ) and $21 000 for the assistant referee (Yeo Songuifolo).

Ivory Coast have been drawn in Group C at the World Cup where they will be facing Colombia, Japan and Greece.

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