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2014 World Cup: Ghana government renege on promises to Black Stars players, appearances fees still unpaid as agitation brews

Published on: 24 June 2014
Ghana players unhappy over several failed promises of Ghana government ahead of Portugal clash

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana players at the 2014 World Cup have shockingly not been paid their appearance fees and other promised enticements by government despite their diligent efforts at the tournament in Brazil.

Several promises of when the monies will be paid to the players two weeks ago have not been fulfilled and this had led to serious disaffection in camp which threatens Ghana's match against Portugal on Thursday.

This is the first time in the history of Ghana's participation in the World Cup that appearance fees and other promises have not been fulfilled to players while other players of other countries have resorted to threats of boycotting games.

Ghana's impressive performance at past World Cups have been strongly linked with the prompt fulfillment of promises made to the players.

The current Ghana government have however failed to make good on several promises made to the players which is being linked to the inconsistent performance of the team so far in the 2014 World Cup.

The Ghana government was supposed to hand out the promised $75,000 to each player before the tournament commenced in Brazil.

But three weeks on and after two games in the tournament, the players are still owed these monies ahead of their crucial final group game against Portugal on Thursday.

The Black Stars players are getting increasingly agitated after several failed promises from government officials on when the money will be paid.

The Sports Ministry have missed several payments scheduled which they laid out themselves to the players.

The non-payment of the appearance fees now threatens to derail Ghana's final push for a qualification slot from Group G of the World Cup.

The Black Stars are scheduled to leave their team base in Maceio for Brasilia – where the match against Portugal will be played – on Tuesday, a day ahead of normal schedule.

Rumours are rife that some of the players have started agitating but captain Asamoah Gyan has tried his best to keep the players at bay.

Some of the players have however reached their limits and could transfer these frustrations to the other players to wreck the Ghana camp ahead of the crucial game on Thursday.

Ghana was looking to make their participation at the 2014 World Cup their best ever but these failed promises couples with other factors are now threatening to scupper this dream.


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • mikron says:
    June 25, 2014 12:49 am
    my brother dont mind them, now its bonus row that is threatening their qualification, lol what a joke, the simple fact is that the Ghanaian team is not good enough. cote 'd Ivoire even impressed me better, sorry better luck next time, ur team is not good enough, prepare for russia 2018. up the african champs, super eagles until hell freezes
  • luomo1 says:
    June 24, 2014 12:43 pm
    Ghanasooccernet u are a joke...u are trying to give an excuse for ghana's potential elimination
  • Benito says:
    June 24, 2014 12:47 pm
    If this is true then its not good for the team and it's unacceptable,money might not be a motivational factor for most of the players but this is long overdue.
  • Papa Addo says:
    June 24, 2014 01:01 pm
    i saw a video saying it will be paid "by this weekend"( THE GERMANY MATCH) now it is Wednesday and our match is tomorrow. NYANTAKYIE CHOP THE MONEY NOW HE IS STRUGGLING TO FING SOMETHING TO PAY THEM WITH. anyway i know the boys reckon the bigger picture... IF THEY PUT FORTH GREAT DISPLAYS AT THE WORLDCUP, THEY WILL GET BETTER OFFERS FROM BIG CLUBS THAT CAN PAY THEM OUTRIGHT NOT gayFA
  • Emma says:
    June 24, 2014 01:06 pm
    This money comes from the FIFA at the end of the tournament. Is it because the players do not trust the GFA/Government, that's why it has to be paid before the end of the games? I am hoping for a future BS when Ghana will lift the World Cup BEFORE monies are paid to the players. Please, don't think this is wishful thinking.
  • Tank says:
    June 24, 2014 02:08 pm
    You see,our friends CIV are already laughing all the to the bank and we fighting for appearance fee.
  • Boardroom says:
    June 24, 2014 02:14 pm
    Government is on it's knees ,where do you think the money will central from???We need electricity ,running water,hospitals,roads etc. Wait for the FIFA money,
  • Asem says:
    June 24, 2014 04:31 pm
    mom ami !no fama nyame here,they shd be paid before the last match period !!
  • Boro says:
    June 24, 2014 05:18 pm
    Meanwhile ministers and other government officials have been in Brazil to and fro.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 06:00 pm
    @ Boardroom. Excuse me sir, are you alright i mean mentally.
  • Nana Adwoa T. Kese says:
    June 24, 2014 06:23 pm
    what a joke some of the comments below sounds really. Now players like Gyan, Ayew(dede) Kwadwo Asamoah etc are willing to die for mother Ghana. The leadership of the team besides the players is totally messed up; Corrupt FA chairman, NDC/NPP ministry of sports is all about display of power and corruption no competency and top it up with a bankrupt technical bench. Considering all these bullshit; some lunatics are still defending them because they are the best we have really, 25million people are these the best people we can elect to lead us with no moral competence. Male dominated societies always display their masculinity with such incompetence which never cease to amaze me. Ghanaians change your ways of thinking to effect a simply change.
  • African Consciousnessn says:
    June 24, 2014 07:09 pm
    "Money is the root of all evil" Win win win and the money will flow, you guys are earning big bucks from your clubs. Be smart, if you win games you will get big contracts with bigger clubs. Why fight over appearance fees and bonuses? Win against the Portuguese and make it to the round of sixteen, this will result in plenty of cash and you will get yours. You guys are lucky to be part of a select few, you are playing on the biggest stage in the World, you should even be willing to play for free once the government pays you room and board so what is the big deal about a few dollars here and there? Play for the love of the game, play for the glory of Ghana and Africa, I guarantee you will get all the money that was promised you. There are too many distractions attempting to derail the Black Stars. Do not fall for it, the goal is to beat Portugal and make it to the round of 16. The Ghana FA should call a meeting with all the players. The ones who want to play for money should be paid their appearance fees and bonuses and put on the next available plane out of Brazil. The players who want to play for the love of the game and the love of their country should stay and play. I am sure the Black stars can come up with 14 or 15 real patriots willing to represent their country. Those players can remain and complete the tournament. There should be no excuse for players not wanting to practice and board a plane for Brasilia, that is just not right. Ghana is not a rich country but they are doing everything to make the World Cup a success and the players must be patient and do their part to make this a success. The GFA must make a note of the masterminds behind this agitation for money and refuse to call them up for future Black Stars duty. They can just focus on playing for their clubs and making money. I am sure there are several fine players that did not get a call up that will love to play without agitating for money. Assifuah, the golden boot, Aboagye the bronze ball, Acheampong, Baba Rahman, David Acam, Masawuda Alhasan, Kissi Boateng, Lawrence Lartery, Ashikwe Oleenu, Kwabena Adusei, Razak Brimah, Jeffrey Schlupp, Mohammed Awal, Yussif Chibsah, David Addy to name a few.
  • SOCCERMAN says:
    June 24, 2014 07:31 pm
    Which promise has this government ever fulfilled?