New Delhi:Cash incentives poured in for the India football team after they won the AFC Challenge Cup as All India Football Federation (AIFF) and sports broadcaster ESPN rewarded the winners with Rs 15 lakh each.
The cash award was shared by 23 players, head coach and six support staff. Sports Ministry is also expected to announce incentives for the players and the support staff when minister M S Gill meets captain Baichung Bhutia and Wednesday's hat-trick man Sunil Chhetri.
AIFF President Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi personally met the players this morning, congratulated them for the "historic win" which took the country to 2011 Asian Cup after 24 years, and presented each of them a cheque of Rs 50,000.
Head coach Bob Houghton was handed a Rs 1 lakh cheque while the six other support staff (two assistant coaches, one goalkeeper coach, team manager, a doctor and a physio) were also given Rs 50,000 each, which brought the total sum to Rs 15.5 lakh.
"The AIFF President congratulated all the players, the coach and the support staff for the historic win yesterday. He expressed happiness that India qualified for the elite Asian tournament in 2011 after 1984," an AIFF source said.
India defeated defending champions Tajikistan by a convincing 4-1 margin to win their first major title since the Nehru Cup win in August last year at the same venue.