By Sibusiso Masilela | 2019-10-21
SOCCER – THE nation’s pride Sihlangu did not only fail to advance to the 2020 CHAN finals but further missed out on a lucrative E2.6 million in the qualifying round of the continent’s second premier national competition.
The Kostadin Papic-led charges failed to beat Zambia during the return match played on Saturday afternoon at the National Heroes Stadium as they bowed out with a 3-2 aggregate loss to ‘Chipololopolo’ and in the process losing the E2.6 million carrot.
The money will be given to all the 16 countries that have made it to the finals of the competition scheduled for Cameroon in January by the Confederation of African Football.
A source close to the matter revealed that the monies would be received before the kickoff of the competition early next year.
“All CHAN finalists, including Zambia, will get E2.6 million for reaching the finals of the competition. This money is aimed at helping the teams prepare for the competition and it is usually released before the games start,” the source said.
Eswatini Football Association Marketing and Communications Officer Muzi Radebe could not be reached for comment on the matter as his cellphone rang unanswered when contacted yesterday.
Sihlangu were expected to return home last night to shift their focus on the AFCON 2021 qualifiers away to Guinea Bissau before welcoming the star-studded Senegal at home next month, possibly at the Mavuso Sports Centre.
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