Marvelous Nakamba stares at richest football game
Warriors midfielder Marvelous Nakamba is in the Championship play-off finals after his second tier English side, Luton secured a place in the four-team play-offs for a place in the Premier League on Wednesday.
Luton drew with Reading to secure the play-off berth, but are still pushing for an unlikely automatic promotion spot as they trail second-placed Sheffield United by seven points with three matches left in the English Championship.
With a single point behind Luton, Middlesbrough are likely to secure the second play-off spot but Milwall and Blackburn Rovers, currently occupying the other two spots are being hunted down by at least four other teams.
Nakamba will be making the prestigious trip to the historic Wembley Stadium next month with a spring in his step having been credited with improving Luton’s prospects after joining on loan from Aston Villa.
Last year Nottingham Forest secured a return to the promised land of the Premier League as they defeated Huddersfield Town in the playoff final.
If successful, Luton stand a chance to play in the iconic arena for a place in the topflight as well as incentives which include a US$125 million prize purse.
According to SportingNews, the Championship play-off final is often dubbed the “richest game in football” because of the financial incentives on offer for the winners.
The media outlet reported that the financial injection does not come directly from either the EFL or the Premier League, with the Championship title-winners receiving £100 000 (US$125 000) and second place pocketing £50 000 (US$62 000).
The play-off winners’ monetary motivation comes from TV rights, sponsorship deals and new revenue streams as a result of their new status.
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