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Ivorian president to double bonuses

GERVINHO-DROGBAABIDJAN, June 23- Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara has told his country’s footballers he will double their World Cup win bonuses if they beat Greece, the Ivorian Football Federation (FIF) said Monday.

The Elephants can guarantee their place in the knock-out stages with a victory over the 2004 European champions in Fortaleza on Tuesday.

The incentive was communicated to the players by Guillaume Soro, president of the National Assembly, who visited the team at their World Cup base in Sao Paulo.

Currently they are due 16 million CFA francs ($24,400, 17,900 euros) per player for a victory but that will double to 32 million CFA francs in case of success against Greece, FIF said on its website.

FIF 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.

“Show determination and you’ll make it,” Soro is said to have told the players.

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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  1. Anonymous

    August 23, 2011 at 4:00 pm

    waende hague hao watu, na wasirudi kenya tena

  2. Denno

    August 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    They had all the time to prepare for this but spent the time campaigning for UDM and G7. Very useless people.  

  3. Daggiefresh

    August 24, 2011 at 4:50 am

    ..,heheh! someone needs to tell this guyz that hague siyo kitendawili au movie., heheh! im so watching this space.,

  4. Me, Myself & I

    August 24, 2011 at 5:00 am

    What are they thinking?? These people are not serious! They are not dealing with Kenyan courts….Haiya!

  5. Shannixus

    August 24, 2011 at 5:08 am

    they were ready for elections when Raila threatened them, but now they are not ready for the process that has been there for years. Please stop fooling us and the court!

  6. Shannixus

    August 24, 2011 at 5:08 am

    they were ready for elections when Raila threatened them, but now they are not ready for the process that has been there for years. Please stop fooling us and the court!

  7. Kennneth

    August 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

    continue not being ready… this is not a political party! Soon you will find out as you try so much to buy more time!!!!

  8. Aptbks

    August 24, 2011 at 9:17 am

    When will they ever learn to be ready for anything these Ruto guys; dont be vague we want Hague, then they are not ready again,.. we are not in ODM we are in UDM,…… then,. we are being chased from ODM,…. c’mon Somoei, you can do better than that!

  9. Mercy

    August 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

    This guys are ALWAYS never ready for anything…. be it to vote in a new constitution? We are not ready, Be it next years elections? we are not ready, when are you going to be ready????? campaigning is all what you always ready for and ideally keeping yourself  busy with how or who will beat RAILA….NNKT

  10. SILAS OMENDA

    August 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    AFROSINEMA CONTINUES OH!

  11. wakasiaka

    August 24, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    One should definitely doubt the courage tha Ruto sometimes depict in political rallies.He has been on the the fore front as a man who is not scared of the accusations labelled against him. He has even spoken so hard against the chief prosecuted. Why not stand firm and be bold enough to attend the confirmation hearing of his case

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