Bafana Bafana’s AFCON 2023 Journey – Prize Money, Giant-Killing, and Wider Impacts

Bafana Bafana’s AFCON 2023 Journey – Prize Money, Giant-Killing, and Wider Impacts

Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football team, has already secured a significant windfall of R24.4 million in prize money by reaching the quarterfinals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

This financial boost follows the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) announcement of a 40% increase in prize money for the tournament.

Giant Killing at AFCON:

Bafana Bafana’s success aligns with a notable trend of giant-killing at AFCON 2023, where none of the quarterfinalists from the 2021 edition managed to secure a spot in the last eight this time.

The remaining teams include Nigeria, Angola, Congo DR, Guinea, Mali, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, and South Africa.

Increased Prize Money Benefits All:

Dr. Patrice Motsepe, CAF President, emphasized that the augmented prize money reflects broader efforts to develop football across Africa.

The AFCON Winner’s prize money has been raised to USD 7 million, constituting a substantial 40% increase from the previous edition.

Dr. Motsepe expresses confidence that this financial boost will contribute to football development and benefit all stakeholders and member associations.

The emphasis on increased prize money reflects CAF’s commitment to the growth and sustainability of football in Africa.

Bafana Bafana’s Earnings and Future Prospects:

If Bafana Bafana advances to the semi-finals, they could potentially earn a total of R46.9 million.

The breakdown includes USD 7 million for the winner, USD 4 million for the runners-up, USD 2.5 million for each of the two semi-finalists, and USD 1.3 million for each of the four quarterfinalists.

The prospect of increased earnings awaits Bafana Bafana as they aim for further success in the tournament.

The detailed breakdown of prize money provides transparency and insight into potential earnings, creating anticipation for Bafana Bafana’s future prospects.


Bafana Bafana’s remarkable journey in AFCON 2023 not only secures financial rewards but also contributes to the larger narrative of football development in Africa.

As they eye bigger prizes in the upcoming stages, South African football enthusiasts eagerly await the team’s performance.