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2014 World Cup: Asamoah Gyan plays down unrest in camp ahead of Portugal clash

Published on: 25 June 2014
Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has squashed reports that the players are not co-operating with officials as a result of the unpaid appearance fees.

Reports emerged that the team failed to train on Tuesday and refused to travel from their camp base to Brasilia for their final match against Portugal.

Ghana President John Mahama intervened and airlifted US$ 3 million to pay the players and officials.

But captain of the side  Gyan says reports of chaos in camp by certain media houses are wide off the mark.

“I can tell you that camp is all focused and we are looking forward to winning against Portugal,” the Al Ain striker told

‘We had meetings but it’s natural that when you are in camp you have meetings from time to time to find out if everybody is okay.”

Ghana need a win against Portugal to and hope USA or Germany win by a huge margin for them to qualify.


This article has 16 comment(s), give your comment
  • OGYA says:
    June 25, 2014 07:24 pm
    So these idiots are playing for money instead of pride . So this is the reason why everybody plays for the national team. I am so mad that a retched country like Ghana that can't even modernize its premier hospital Korle Bu teaching hospital to treat simple human illnesses, have money to pay already rich players. Mahama aught to be ashamed of himself for destroying Ghana's economy.
  • Boro says:
    June 25, 2014 07:33 pm
    I hardly hear some of these things from the European, Asia and the Americas camps. All i see is total commitment from these camps to the exrent of even biiting just to win or progress in their group just for their country and fans. Does that mean this kind of problem only existed in the Africa camps alone or the other continents have a civilised way of dealing with it in order to maintain their focus and we have not? First it was Cameroon and after got eliminated. Then heard Ivory Coast had their bonuses doubled and also got kicked out . Now it is Ghana's turn to fight for their appearance fees instead of concentrating on the portugal's game. All we think of is money, money, money and in the end get kicked out in the group stages. Oh Africa, why, why???
  • banger says:
    June 25, 2014 07:39 pm
    You are very stupid Boro. If you hardly hear some of these things from the European camps so does it mean we should allow the players to be cheated?. Grow up!
  • PAPA says:
    June 25, 2014 07:59 pm
    its because the others pay their players on time. why the hell cant we organise to pay our players. we get 4 flipping years to prepare!!!
  • thankGodamnotanigerians says:
    June 25, 2014 07:59 pm
    I guess u guys dont unstand wats guin on.the guyz are nt 2 blame Fifa gives every country its appearance fee to be given to its players .every team in this worldcup has given out the money to its players.So where the hell is this f#cking government kepping the money and wat for.Seriously mahama shd be blamed if we dont make it.
  • OGYA says:
    June 25, 2014 08:02 pm
    Banger, what do you mean by players being cheated. Think or use your head for a minute. Who is benefiting here?, the players or the country? These players are getting what they have always craved for, to be displayed in front of the whole world to see, showcasing their skills, which will in turn translate into big contracts for them but yet are very ungrateful and forcing their poor countries to stretch their resources for them? Ghana government flying liquid cash to these guys? I am sorry but this is a scam. Soccer is being used to hijack a lot of these third world countries in the name of world cup
  • kwame says:
    June 25, 2014 08:03 pm
    U also very studied banger.whats wrong with what Boro said.
  • Boro says:
    June 25, 2014 08:03 pm
    Your response on this shows your difficulty in understanding english language and how unintelligent you are. I rather leave you to swim in your state of babarism than to educate you. You dumb!!! ' wo ye kwasia paaa! Ofuuuiiii like that. A complete waste of spermatozoa.
  • anokwale says:
    June 25, 2014 08:04 pm
    Papa: You have spoken well. Africans are fond of this not paying people on time. This is why business in Africa does not run well. Workers do not get paid on time and they lose enthusiasm.
  • Boro says:
    June 25, 2014 08:06 pm
    @banger: Your response on this shows your difficulty in understanding english language and how unintelligent you are. I rather leave you to swim in your state of babarism than to educate you. You dumb!!! ' wo ye kwasia paaa! Ofuuuiiii like that. A complete waste of spermatozoa.
  • SHANGO says:
    June 25, 2014 08:19 pm
    Portugal 3 Ghana 0,and any body who insults me will be cursed.
  • Flame says:
    June 25, 2014 08:40 pm
    @shango, i curse your entire generation with stupidity. May you remain stupid all your life. Kwasiaaaa kwa
  • truth hurts says:
    June 25, 2014 08:42 pm
    This is serious,funny and non-sensical. Where on earth have you all heard of govt flying cash to tournament to pay up the players? This is 2014,not some 18th century lol. What if they get robbed and even get hurt or even get killed? What happened to e-transfer into their various accts?and do you pple have economists at all in your country? This is serious capital flight. Tht's a lot of money being moved out of the economy. Am afraid you're putting the lives of these guys at risk. But tht's a ghanaian problem though. A chartered flight full of cash lol(hilarious)
  • Dr Who says:
    June 25, 2014 08:46 pm
    Ogya,I totally disagree with you.Appearance fees arw norms to every WC team not Ghana only.If the likes of CR7,Messi,Rooney etc who are far richer than our boys are taking it why question their actions.Our boys are very patriotic than most others.They have played two tough matches without it while others took theirs before travelling to Brazil.If you want them play for free bcos they are marketing themselves then the president,ministers and MPs shd not b paid bcos they are suppose to serve Ghana.By 10 yrs time most of this boys will b out of football so wud u b happy to see them begging for money just like most ex footballers?
  • Goody says:
    June 25, 2014 08:55 pm
    The funds the players are asking for are their own money which have been given to them by FIFA for participating in the Worldcup.Each and every country has theirs so why the complain. People should note that,they are not asking for winning or loosing bonuses from the government but participation fee,every player at the world cup is entitled to receive his.....
  • Adebayo says:
    June 25, 2014 09:18 pm
    To seek to argue without knowledge of the facts is only confirms our biases! The GFA is grateful to the goverment for pre-financing the what is due the players! A statement from the Ghana Football Association said: "The government is pre-financing the payment of the Black Stars appearance fees which will be reimbursed when Fifa's prize money for Ghana's participation in the World Cup is paid after the tournament in Brazil." My view is that theses players are not paupers and could have been a bit more patient because everyone knows the troubles the Ghanaian economy is going through! Now the government has to borrow money on behalf of FIFA! And why would this corrupt FIFA not give the money early?