Players of Ghana’s Black Queens are grumbling over unpaid bonuses and allowances of their last two games that qualified the team to the 7th African Women Championship (AWC} commencing in South Africa later in October 2010.
The Queens won 4-0 over two legs in their last qualifier against Senegal in May and the players say it is unbelievable to have their bonuses outstanding after five months of their success.
The Queens are entitled to a match bonus of 3,000 US Dollars, meaning the players are owed 6,000 dollars each as bonuses over the two legs.
The players told GNA Sports in Hanover in confidence that the team received only part of their allowances over the two legs, insisting very little has been said about when the rest of the allowances and their bonuses will be cleared by officialdom.
The players insist such delays and inconsistencies in payment kills the spirit of the team since in reality they think they must also enjoy the same benefits as the senior male team, the Black Stars, noting that they are at par in terms of their ranks as senior teams.
They are quick to remind the GNA Sports that “after all, we played at the World Cup long before the Black Stars did and if we are at the same rank as a senior team, shouldn’t we be given the same treatment?” They queried.
“Very often we are made to believe the Black Stars get so much because they have sponsors, that is understandable, but if what we deserve delay forever then we are tempted to think perhaps we don’t deserve the same amount of attention and that is spirit killing,” a player told GNA Sports.
The Queens are currently wrapping up their preparations in Germany where they beat BV Coppenburg, a division two side, 2-0 in their first test game on Thursday October 21 as the team seeks to put a final touch on preparation for the competition that the Ghanaians dream of winning for the first time.
Ghana’s last test match will come against another division two side, FFC, Gutersloft on Tuesday, October 26.
Ghana are pitted in Group B alongside defending Champions, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Cameroon in the two-week biennial fiesta that qualifies the two finalist to the next FIFA World Cup billed for Germany in 2011.
But deputy coach says all is well
The Deputy Coach of the Black Queens, Dramani Mash-ud Didi has watered down suggestions that the unpaid bonuses to the team could affect their resolve as the team readies for the 7th African Women’s Championship (AWC} commencing in South Africa later this month.
Coach Dramani told GNA Sports in Hanover that the resolve of the team to win the AWC trophy was too strong to be broken by anything that is minute to the glory of annexing the converted trophy.
“We are very determined to return from South Africa with the trophy for the first time. I believe in this team and their character is such that the unpaid bonuses cannot break their spirit and resolve to the extent that their best will be compromised”.
The Queens won 4-0 over two legs in the qualifying series against Senegal in May, and the players are grumbling over the unpaid bonuses five months on.
They are entitled to a match bonus of 3000 dollars; meaning players are owed 6000 dollars each as bonuses over the two legs.
Ghana is pitted in Group B against defending Champions Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Cameroon in the two-week biennial fiesta that the two finalists qualifies to the next FIFA World Cup billed for Germany in 2011 and coach Dramani insists the Queens’ sight are firmly placed on topping the group and reaching the finals to qualify for the Mundial and winning the title as well.
“What this team has in abundance is the hunger to do the unthinkable and that motivation is burning so strong in their belly that it is almost impossible to break that resolve and zest.”
The Queens are currently fine-tuning in Germany as the perennial tournament favourites readies for the tourney that laces the continent’s best eight teams together.
The team will travel to South Africa on Friday, October 29 ahead of their Group B opener with Algeria on November 2.