Antoine Semenyo has been included in Ghana’s 26-man squad for the World Cup and Bristol City are set to benefit. The 22-year-old is part of Otto Addo’s squad that will represent the Black Stars in Qatar.
Semenyo made the decision to represent Ghana earlier this year and made his debut in June against Madagascar in the summer. He has fought off stiff competition from Premier League players as well as other talented individuals to earn a place in the squad.
He is the only player from Bristol that is World Cup bound with the likes of Andi Weimann and Tomas Kalas not qualifying with Austria or the Czech Republic.
A mid-season World Cup has already offered up many difficulties with almost half the season played already. The half-way point of the season usually comes around the festive period but matches have had to be fitted in with gruelling two-game weeks at times.
City are not in action for the next three weeks with their next fixture scheduled for December 10 against Rotherham United. Semenyo however will be preoccupied as he will be involved in the World Cup.
There is good news however as City will reimbursed for the time that Semenyo does not train at the High Performance Centre. It could net them a respectable windfall whilst he is away on international duty.
As a result of Semenyo's call-up to the World Cup, City will be entitled to £9,000 a day from FIFA. The world governing body has a 'Club Benefits Programme' which recognises 'clubs contribution to the tournament'. At the minimum, City could receive £160,000 if Ghana are knocked out in the group stages and more if they progress.
Ghana are in a group with Portugal, Uruguay and South Korea. They begin their group stage on November 24 against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal, before four days later facing South Korea who have Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min. Their group will be concluded against Uruguay on Thursday, December 2.
How much Bristol City could get from Antoine Semenyo’s World Cup call-up
- Round of 16 - £160,000
- Quarter-Finals - £250,000
- Semi-Finals - £290,000
- Final - £330,000