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NEWLY-CROWNED Carlsberg Cup champions, Be Forward Wanderers’ players could smile all the way to the bank after being promised 60 percent of the K9 million Carlsberg Cup championship prize.

Additionally, sources confirmed that players who featured in the 2-1 cup final win over Big Bullets at Civo Stadium, Lilongwe on Saturday received a game bonus hike of K45, 000 each; up from the usual K20, 000. From the quarter-final, each player received K5,000 for every goal.

Additionally, the players also get monthly upkeeps and daily transport allowance estimated at K1, 000 per player. The Nomads have some 28 players and the highest earner could, depending on appearances, pocket some K200, 000 from the cup.

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“Throughout this cup, the focus was on football. We were motivated. The trustees also pumped in some K400, 000 for the players,” said a Wanderers’ player yesterday.

Wanderers vice-secretary, Christopher Kananji, hinted that the players would probably share more than half of the prize money.

“The Wanderers’ constitution states that the players are supposed to share 50 percent of the prize money of any competition. However, the executive committee will meet soon to decide. There are indications that they may share 60 or 70 percent of the prize money so that the rewards should act as an incentive ahead of the Standard Bank Cup,” he said yesterday.

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If the committee settles for the 60 percent share, it means the Nomads’ players could share K5.4 million depending on how they have contributed to the success in the competition.

Injured Wanderers’ vicecaptain, Francis Mlimbika, yesterday said he was not involved in the game for him to comment. Captain Richard Chipuwa is in South Africa with the Flames.

Meanwhile, Kananji yesterday said they are set to paint Blantyre blue next weekend through a number of activities to celebrate their fifth consecutive success in a cup final.

“We will parade the trophy in the streets of Blantyre next weekend. We want our fans to have a feel of the trophy and celebrate with the team. After the parade, we will hold several activities to celebrate with the fans. The executive committee will release the whole programme later in the week,” he said.

The Nomads received a tumultuous welcome by their Blantyre fans on Sunday.

The Carlsberg Cup success went a long way in satisfying Be Forward’s expectations who gave the Nomads a target of winning two trophies this season.

Wanderers are third in the Super League and also lead the votes in a bid to enter the preliminary phase of the Standard Bank Cup.

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