The Confederation of African Football (Caf) say they will give a grant of $500,000 (N175m) to each of the five African teams playing at the 2018 World Cup.
According to the continent’s football ruling body, the grant was approved by the Executive Committee following their meeting in Rabat, Morocco.
The body, which announced the decision on the sidelines of the draw on Friday, said the fund will strengthen the teams ahead of the fiesta.
“At its last meeting held on Nov. 16 in Rabat, Morocco the CAF Executive Committee decided to set up an ad hoc committee chaired by the CAF First Vice President, Kwesi Nyantakyi,” Caf said.
“The committee was told to map out a kind of support to be provided to African representatives to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018.”
In addition, Caf said, “The committee, which has CAF Executive Committee member Kalusha Bwalya and presidents of the Football Associations of the five qualified countries as members, met in Moscow, Russia on the sidelines of Friday’s draw for the FIFA World Cup finals.
“At the meeting, it was decided that CAF will grant a financial subsidy of $500,000 to each of the five African teams. The financial package will be used mainly to strengthen and improve the technical supervision of each team.”