Rwandan Players Promised Hefty Bonuses If They Beat Zambia

Rwanda’s Amavubi Stars have even more reason to down Zambia’s Chipolopolo in Today’s decisive Africa Nations Cup (CAN) qualifier at Amahoro Stadium.

The players stand to pocket huge bonuses if they manage to qualify for next year’s CAN in Angola. Tucak Branko’s team needs to win by a two goal margin to secure that elusive CAN slot.

Players generally pocket $1500 for a win, and $1000 for a draw but Sports and Culture minister Joseph Habineza yesterday revealed that they would bag much more than that if they are to advance to Angola.

“We can’t disclose the exact figures right now, but one thing for sure is that the players will get huge sums if they see us through to Angola,” the minister was quoted as saying in the New Times.

At the start of the 2010 World/Africa Nations Cup qualifiers’ campaign, the Sports Ministry promised to build executive apartments for every Amavubi player if Rwanda broke their World Cup jinx. But those dreams were dashed after the team’s appalling run.

Branko’s wasps have struggled to find their feet in Group C, where they lie bottom after managing a solitary point from a possible 15. Meanwhile Zambia’s Ministry of Sport, Youth and Child development has also staked $3,500 for each player if they beat Rwanda. For a draw, the players will pocket $1,750.

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