Revealed: Why Enyimba received over N1bn alert from CAF

Enyimba are now three points from the top. (Photo Credit: Enyimba/X)

Revealed: Why Enyimba received over N1bn alert from CAF

Izuchukwu Akawor 14:54 - 26.02.2024

Enyimba FC are Nigeria's most successful club and will smile to the bank after CAF's alert.

Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, club Enyimba may have suffered an early exit from the inaugural African Football League (AFL) season, but their participation has proven extremely lucrative financially.

Pulse Sports Nigeria reports that the People’s Elephant were one of eight giants in African football who took part in the maiden edition of the CAF and FIFA tournament for African clubs.

Enyimba get CAF largesse

The eight-time Nigerian champions were eliminated 4-0 on aggregate by Moroccan giants Wydad Casablanca in the first round of the competition, which was originally a 24-team pan-African tournament.

However, Enyimba laughed all the way to the bank after receiving a whopping $750,000 simply for competing in the fledgling AFL.

Enyimba's Daniel Daga tackles a Wydad Casablanca player in Uyo. (Photo Credit: Enyimba/Facebook)

The Confederation of African Football (CAF), creators of the $ 4 million AFL, awarded all participating clubs generous prize funds as a reward for helping elevate the continent's club football to new heights.

The funds, CAF expects, will used to reinvest into the club(s) by developing new facilities and infrastructure at Enyimba's home to inspire the next generation of stars.

Cherki El Bahri of Wydad and Chigozie Chilekwu of Enyimba during the African Football League match between Enyimba FC of Nigeria and WYDAD AC of Morocco at Godwill Akpabio Stadium on October 22, 2023 in Uyo, Nigeria. Photo by Olumide Amos

While unable to match the quality of two-time African champions Wydad on the pitch, off the field this money-spinning AFL run should aid Enyimba's future development immensely.

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