Gov’t Warns GFA Over Muntari, KP Boateng

Sulley Muntari with Kevin-Prince Boateng

Government has advised the Ghana Football Association (GFA) against inviting 2014 World Cup troublesome duo- Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari into the Black Stars.

It was explicitly stated in government’s White Paper on the report of the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission of Inquiry which looked into Ghana’s disastrous campaign at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The statement read: ‘Government further advises that the two players should not be recalled into the Black Stars camp in order to maintain the discipline that appears to have been restored since Brazil 2014.’

Muntari attacked and punched a Ghana FA official at the tournament without any provocation during discussion over unpaid appearance fees for players and bonuses.

Boateng was sacked from camp after he openly abused then coach Kwesi Appiah in the full glare of his teammates in the build-up to the final group match against Portugal.

The two players have shown little remorse for their misconduct and have since not been called up.

Rejects   Recommendation  On Stars Winning Bonus 

The Government of Ghana has rejected a recommendation from the Presidential Commission to fix the winning bonus of the Black Stars at a flat amount of US$5,000.

This recommendation was contained in the report of the Presidential Commission that probed Ghana’s disgraceful campaign at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The three-member commission recommended that the ever-soaring winning bonus of the national senior male national team should be pegged at $5,000.

This payment is made to each player of the Black Stars squad for high performance, which leads to winning football matches.

But government, in issuing a white paper over the report of the Commission, rejected the recommendation, insisting it wants the issue of winning bonuses for the Black Stars to remain ‘flexible.’

‘Government does not accept the recommendation under ‘Negotiation of Amount’ that the amount to be paid for winning bonus for the Black Stars should be fixed at US$5,000,’ the White Paper released by Attorney General Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong on Thursday said.

‘Firstly, it is inconsistent for the Commission to title the recommendation as ‘Negotiation for the Amount’, and yet to fix it rigidly at US$5,000. Secondly, the Commission’s recommendation has the effect of freezing the winning bonus at US$5,000 in perpetuity.

‘Government is of the view that it should be possible to introduce an element of flexibility into the fixing of the winning bonuses, including the possibility of negotiating it on a ‘per match’ basis.

‘It should be possible, for example, for the winning bonus for a win against Brazil to be higher than a win against a weaker football nation.’

The decision by government means the fixing of winning bonuses for the Black Stars will be maintained.

The Black Stars are reportedly paid an amount of US$10,000 for winning matches in contemporary times.

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