Kaizer Chiefs centre-back Edmilson Dove and ex-Mamelodi Sundowns attacker Elias Pelembe will earn cash rewards from Mozambique Football Federation (FMF).
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The duo, who are well-known in PSL, will be rewarded for helping Mozambique seal Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualification.
The Chiefs player, though, did not feature in the decisive Group L AFCON qualifier against Benin in Maputo on Saturday afternoon.
The 29-year-old Chiefs man is working his way back to match fitness following his recent injury in the DStv Premiership.
However, the former Cape Town City wingback was involved in the other AFCON qualifying matches.
Reacting to the AFCON qualification via his Facebook page, Dove wrote: “This is what it means. MOÇAMBIQUEEEEEEE.”
The 39-year-old Pelembe, on the other hand, featured for the Mambas when they edged Benin 3-2.
Pelembe is now on the books of UD Songo in Mozambique after leaving Royal AM.
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Dove, the ex-Roya AM veteran and the rest of the players will pocket in the ranges of R67,000 and R114,000 each.
The amount of money to be received will vary depending on appearances in the AFCON qualifiers.
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FMF president, Faizal Sidat, confirmed that the Mambas players will be rewarded handsomely.
“Yes, correct. Each player will receive around $5,000 [R94,000] for qualification,” Sidat told ilovekaizerchiefs.com.
“For the Benin game, the allowances are separate; it is 1,000 Euros [R20,000] each.
“If one player did 100 percent of the [AFCON] campaign, he will earn $5,000 [R94,000] and if they did 50 percent of the campaign, they will get $2,500 [R47,000].”
Mozambique beat Benin courtesy of Clesio Bauque’s injury-time winner at Estadio do Zimpeto.
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The Mambas had gone ahead after scoring through Witi and Guimaraes in the 27th and 31st minutes.
The West Africans fought back to level matters via Steve Mounie and Jodel Dossua’s 20th and 50thminute goals.
Bauque, though, had other ideas. He won it for the hosts with a goal five minutes into added time.
Mozambique, with 10 points, joined Group L leaders Senegal (14 points) in booking their AFCON final berths.
The Mambas are returning to the AFCON finals for the first time since 2010.
South Africa’s neighbours made their last appearance at the AFCON edition held in Angola.
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