Tuesday June 24 2014

Ivory Coast president promises to double World Cup bonuses

Ivory Coast’s Gervinho (R) fights for the ball

Ivory Coast’s Gervinho (R) fights for the ball with Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez (C) during their Group C match at the Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia last Thursday. The Ivorians need a draw to advance to the 2nd round. AFP photo 



Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has told his country’s footballers he will double their World Cup win bonuses if they beat Greece tonight.
The Elephants can guarantee their place in the knock-out stages with a victory over the 2004 European champions in Fortaleza.
Currently they are due $24,400, per player for a victory but that will double to $48,400 in case of success against Greece, an official source said.
The source added that the initiative was aimed at “giving the Elephants extra motivation” to reach the knock-out rounds for the first time in their history.
They are currently second in Group C on three points after a 2-1 victory over Japan was followed by a defeat to Colombia by the same score.
A draw would definitely be enough for them to progress as long as Japan don’t beat Colombia in their final game. A defeat would see Ivory Coast eliminated.
While such a sum may not make much difference to the likes of Manchester City’s Yaya Toure or Galatasaray’s Didier Drogba, both of whom earn considerably more than that every week at their clubs, it would certainly be welcomed by reserve goalkeeper Sylvain Gbohouo, the only member of Ivory Coast’s squad still plying his trade in his homeland.


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