Disaster!!! Black Stars Threaten To Boycott Match Against Portugal
There is growing discontent within the Black Stars camp over the delay in the arrival of match bonuses for the team’s first two matches.
Allsports.com.gh understands that several meetings have been held between senior players of the team led by captain Asamoah Gyan and the management committee of the team to explain the reasons for the delay.
FA spokesperson Ibrahim Sannie Daara has confirmed that the players have not received a penny ever since they arrived and their patience is running out.
It is understood that there had been an initial arrangement for all players to be paid through a visa card provided by one of their main sponsors UNIBANK but that arrangement was shelved after discussions between the players.
The players were promised an appearance fee of $75,000 each for qualifying for the mundial in Brazil. The amount was to be taken from monies FIFA paid to Ghana for qualifying for the World Cup.
Almost two weeks into the tournament the players have not received the appearance fees contrary to promises made to them.
Allsports.com.gh sources indicate the government has made arrangements to courier cash to the team in Brazil which has led to several delays in the arrival of the bonuses due to international banking rules.
The team’s departure for Brasilia on Tuesday has been held up for several hours as last minute discussions are held between Gyan and the rest of the team to assuage fears of the team.
In a related development, President John Mahama has pleaded with the angry Black Stars to honour travel arrangements for their final group game against Portugal.
Ghana will play Portugal in a must win final Group G encounter with a hope of qualifying to the one-sixteenth stage of the competition if the results in the US-Germany game is favorable.
The players are threatening to boycott the trip protesting the non-payment of allowances and appearance fees.
The players were supposed to have trained Tuesday morning but did not turn up for training in protest over the delays in payment of their appearance fees.
The situation was so volatile, president John Mahama had to intervene. The President is said to have promised that the amount would be paid by close of day, Tuesday.
President Mahama is reported to have spoken to the players via the phone of FA Chairman Kwasi Nyantakyi.
It remains to be seen if the players would yield to the president’s appeal.
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