Gone are days when sports were not considered a safe career option; today, games like football, basketball, cricket, and others provide a considerable sum of money to players who excel in a specific match. While several tournaments like India Premier League (IPL) are showering hefty sums of money on players who make a valuable contribution to the game, there are others not so lucrative leagues and tournaments.
We have also witnessed heartwarming stories where players who are too young can change the life of their families with the fortune they get from the tournament; a picture from a football tournament in Africa displays contrasting stories. A young footballer was presented with a loaf of bread and a bottle of Yogurt as a reward for Man of the Match after a domestic Uganda League game. The bread is marked with the inscription “Man of the match”(Player of the match) and the league’s logo.
Man of the match award in Uganda Premier League: A bottle of yogurt and loaf of bread pic.twitter.com/e396X0btVf
— Troll Football (@TrollFootball) April 9, 2022
In Ghana league, A player wins bread and yogurt for winning Man of the Match…
Just 5k would have been better🤦🤦😂😂😂…. pic.twitter.com/ffscirPWdz
— Yusafol🕊️ (@yusafol) April 8, 2022
Uganda Community Club and 5th Division side Nantabulirwa One Sports Club have partnered with local manufacturers to award man of the match with a loaf of bread and yogurt as motivation to their players.
It is one of the lower clubs in Uganda that enjoy a massive fan following. pic.twitter.com/6RjgXw2hW6
— BonfaceNyangla (@BonfaceNyangla) April 11, 2022
Man of the match award in some coutry. Hahaha yogurt and bread. Mujooga basaja mweeeee pic.twitter.com/lNqubwJqhC
— Otai Peter (@OtaiPeter) April 9, 2022
Man of the match dey collect bread 🥯 The bread is not even agege 😂🤣😂 Nigeria has failed us. I just hope your daddy get money or know people before having dreams of becoming a professional footballer. Or else, you go teyyy pic.twitter.com/p2UjYEnoos
— Sweet Boy 🤡 (@ice_boy0) April 8, 2022
Man of the match award in Uganda Premier League: A bottle of yogurt and loaf of bread.
Happy Sunday, Tweeps. pic.twitter.com/gzvW0sx0Dk
— OyoNews (@OyoNews1) April 10, 2022
The picture shows the football player, whose name has not been revealed, posing with his award. In the photo after his appointment, the player can be seen with the odd prize in his hands while a smile appears as a sign of gratitude for being rewarded for his effort. While the picture immediately went viral and sparked mixed reactions from Twitter users as many found the incident amusing, while many seemed to be in a fun mood.
The picture shows the contrasting situation between European or American football with African football. The financial difference due to lack of sponsors or various levels of the tournament has again started the debate of players being underpaid during matches.