Wales face £10 million day of destiny against Ukraine
A victory for Wales in the World Cup playoff clash in Cardiff against Ukraine could be worth up to £10 million, according to the Football Association of Wales.
The financial windfall would be secured if they reach the World Cup Finals for the first time since 1958 with victory in Sunday’s winner-takes all game against Ukraine.
The FAW’s chief executive Noel Mooney told BBC Wales: “There’s 10.5million dollars (£8m) on offer for teams that qualify for the World Cup – that’s great.
“On top of that, we do have some sponsorships that kick in, some that could be around £1m.
“There is a briefcase sitting on the halfway line (on Sunday) worth somewhere like £10m to the winners.”
If Wales successfully overcome the visitors later today, it’s also looking increasingly likely they will take over Italy’s planned training base in Qatar for the finals later in the year.
Italy were dumped out of the competition by North Macedonia in March, the Balkans minnows upsetting the European champions with a 1-0 play-off semi-final victory in Palermo.
The PA news agency understands that Wales will be allocated one of the state-of-the-art base camps to be used for the tournament in November and December.
Each camp consists of a hotel and training site, with every one close to Qatar’s eight tournament stadiums.
“Our training facilities are located across the country,” said Ali Al Dosari, training sites project manager at the Qatar Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy.
“The longest journey between a training site and hotel will take about 20 minutes by bus.”
“Half of the training sites are brand new, while the other half were existing sites that have been upgraded.
“With the new training sites, a team will have a team base camp training site of their own to train in.
“The training site pitches are the same as the pitches in our World Cup stadiums, in terms of the quality of turf and size.”
Each training site has been developed to include floodlit and natural grass pitches, while also including stands for media training sessions, dressing rooms, medical facilities, recovery facilities, a media centre, and IT and communications networks.
Support our Nation today
For the price of a cup of coffee a month you can help us create an independent, not-for-profit, national news service for the people of Wales, by the people of Wales.