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R1 mil for every Bafana goal and other sport incentives

By Staff Writer
The South African soccer team have been offered a massive incentive ahead of their 2010 World Cup campaign - one million rand to share between them every time they manage to find the back of the net during the tournament.

We want our team to play with pride and passion, we want to inspire them,' Football Association chief executive officer Leslie Sedibe told South African television on Wednesday.

Sedibe said the finer details regarding general payment and a bonus structure for the finals still need to be ironed out but with a national side that averages 1.1 goals a game in their 250 internationals since they made their return to the world competition in 1992 - the governing body of South African football probably doesn't have too much to worry about.

While most people think that this is an absurd incentive, money and sport have long been synonymous. The average footballer in England earns about £13,000 per week, that is equal to about R149,732 and during the recent IPL tournament in India - players like Kieron Pollard were sold for more than USD750,000 that is R5 733 884 - that's more than most of us will earn in our lifetime.

With the t20 cricket World Cup currently on the way in the West Indies, where South Africa are in the Super Eights, the prize money is also a fair amount. Both the winner and the runner up of the final game will earn $800 000 (R 6,111,259) while those in third and fourth place will get a nifty $200 000 (R1,528,629).

For every win during the Super Eight stages the ICC will fork out $50 000 (R382,157) and for every game won during the initial group stages the winner will get $25 000 (R191 078).

Not bad going for a few hours' worth of work...

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