By Muambo Edward
Football Writer, kick442.com – Cameroon
Twenty-nine times Tunisian league winners and four times CAF Champions League winners Esperance of Tunis are the African football money making machine.
In a continent where most clubs are struggling to raise funds to pay the salaries of their players and fund other inevitably expenses, the Tunisian giants have amassed a whooping $27 million from prize monies, player sales and ticket sale in the CAFCL and Arab Championship since August 2017.
This amount does not include what they have earned as prize monies and sale of tickets for the Tunisian League, domestic cup and as well as broadcasting rights revenue and sponsorship deals.
In 2017, they earned $2.5 million as Arab Championship winners, $650,000 for reaching the quarterfinals of the competition.
They earned $764,000 for their players who were present in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
They went home with another $2.5million in 2018 for winning the CAF Champions League, $50,000 for reaching the Round of 16 of the Arab Championship. $1.5million for finishing 5th in the 2018 Club World Cup, and $150,000 for winning the 2018 CAF Super Cup.
In 2019, they lifted the CAF Champions League again and bagged home $2.5million, $50,000 for ending in the Round of 16 of the Arab Championship and $1.5million for finishing 5th in the Club World Cup.
From players sale in this period, they took home $3.5 million for the transfer of Algerian international midfielder Youcef Belaili to Al Ahli Jeddah, $4.5 as transfer fees for Cameroon midfielder Franck Kom to Al Rayyan S.C., $2.3million for Ferjani Sassi’s transfer to Al Nassr SC, $354,000 for the transfer of Caykur Rizespor and $122,400 for the transfer Mohamed Ali Moncer to rivals CS Sfaxien.
From ticket sales in the CAF Champions League, they earned $1.4million in 2018 and the same amount in 2019.
All these sums up to $27million in two years.
Maybe the Tunisian club should start holding workshops, seminars and symposiums to school most central and west African clubs on how a professional club should be organized in order to be financially stable and sustainable.
Data Assembled by African Football Hub, Nuhu Adam’s.
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