Each member of the Black Stars, along with management members, is entitled to a brand new Jeep cherokee for finishing second in this year’s Nations cup, DAILY GUIDE SPORTS understands.
The vehicles, worth $76,000 each and supplied by Tema -Motorway- based Tanink Automobile, distributors of Jeep and Chrysler in the country, formed part of government’s reward package for the team.
Already, there were indications that Youth and Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga had taken delivery of his share of the seven vehicles the company had supplied so far.
Players’ family members and close relations were expected to walk to the yard of Tanink to take delivery of the vehicles for them, as most of the Black Stars had left to their respective clubs after the Nations Cup.
A day after the team’s arrival from the Equatorial Guinea championship, President John Mahama announced a package of $25,000 for each player, besides the $50,000 they each pocketed during the tourney.
He hinted after announcing the financial package at the Flag Staff House that more reward packages would follow, confirming speculations that the Jeeps were part of the ‘other rewards’ the President promised.
But the Chief Executive of Tanink Ghana Limited, Roger Klogo, denied government’s direct involvement (funding) in the reward package.
He told myjoyonline.com that the gesture was a redemption of a long-standing promise made by Tanink to the Black Stars and had nothing to do with government.
“I want to say Tanink did present all those cars to the Black Stars and we did it together with our partners but without any government involvement – no government involvement at all,” he said.
The Tanink boss mentioned that he promised Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kwesi Nyantakyi ahead of the Brazil 2014 World Cup that should the team reach semi final, his company would donate cars to all the players.
He pointed out that the Black Stars’ willingness to play in a tournament which no country was interested in hosting due to the deadly Ebola virus was worth rewarding.
Klogo revealed that he and his partners would present players of the Black Stars with their brand of Masereti cars if they win the next edition of the Africa Cup of Nations or reach the semi final when Russia hosts the World Cup in 2018.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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