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Black Stars players demanded more bonuses - Nyantakyi

Published on: 09 November 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Kwasi Nyantakyi says the intended $15,000 winning bonus for the Black Stars players at the 2013 Nations Cup falls far below expectations.

The intended financial package for the Ghana team at the tournament which kicks off early next year in South Africa has been met with an intense public uproar.

The critics say the planned financial package is inconsistent with the economic and pay structure of the nation where the Head of State earns far less.

But the Ghana FA boss says the players demanded even more than the reported $15,000 proposed to be given for winning matches at the 2013 AFCON considering the huge wages the players are on with their respective European clubs.

“At every particular point in time the money we pay to players is not what they demanded, they demand more than that,” he said.

“Based on the inculcation of the virtues or the principles of patriotism and nationalism that they seem to imbibe, it sobers them to understand it is just not about the money but then they need to die for their country.

“You must also appreciate that back in their clubs, most of them who play in Europe earn more than what we give them here.

“So if it is purely about money they will not even come here, they will stay behind and play for their clubs.”

Ghana is aiming to end a 31-year wait for an African title by the time the competition starts on January 19.

The Black Stars is drawn in Group B alongside Mali, Niger and DR Congo.


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 09, 2012 09:37 am
    I agree! Money should not be an issue!!
  • Don Justy says:
    November 09, 2012 11:17 am
    It is the fault of Ghanaian Politicians, who always make us bl've that every patriotic citizen need to be over paid. Everything abt politicians is justified, whiles every fing abt d populace is debatable. 'Nea way3 ahuamhuam ade3 no, ompepa ne nsa kwa'. Everybody shd demand his pound of flesh. That's all... Pay them...
  • Ansong says:
    November 09, 2012 12:05 pm
    Money is not the problem with our players because all of them are making good money abroad.The main problem is unqualified kumasi coach who does NOT have UEFA licence,and tactically blind.Our coaching staff is a joke...we can't win any cup unless we change them.wise up*
  • Bowe says:
    November 09, 2012 12:21 pm
    It is absolute fallacy to argue that an African president earns less than professional athletes. All over the world (especially developed countries)political heads earn comparatively less than mega rich athletes however in developing economies corruption enables the heads to have access to large chunks of money!
  • junior mafia says:
    November 09, 2012 12:58 pm
    Accumulate da bonuses n gv it to the players wen dey bring da cup. they need to fight fo their nation
  • Chu says:
    November 09, 2012 02:05 pm
    Is as simple as this. They should refund 70% of the package due if they fall below expectation. ANSONG, heavy shadhouts
  • Billymoore says:
    November 09, 2012 02:23 pm
    Seriously speaking,the money is too huge. How could you give each player $15,000 or GH¢30,000 after a football match that last between 90 and 120 minutes. This isn't right. Let the players play and win then we reward them. Assuming they win all three group matches, they pocket $45,000 or GH¢90,000 within two weeks. Should they lose the quarter finals (God forbid though), they will come home disappointing all of us but would have pocketed GH¢90,000 or 900 million each for NO REAL HONOUR DONE THE NATION. Why?
  • Prince Marfo says:
    November 09, 2012 03:28 pm
    Playing football for yr nation is abt commitment,service & luv not abt huge huge money.I stand to be corrected Ghanaian players will be receiving high bonus than any other team in Africa.GFA must careful of their doing
  • Troy says:
    November 09, 2012 04:12 pm
    Akwasi Appiah all the way,you can burn the sea.woosu continue crying.Stupid man from foolish tribe.Ashanti rules
    November 09, 2012 05:11 pm
  • say it loud says:
    November 09, 2012 06:00 pm
    The argument that because they receive more pay with their clubs abroad so the should be paid more is to say the least very stupid. We are talking about the ability to pay and the need to consider their fellow citizens. why cant they say because they are paid well they do not need their bonuses. Tony Baffour did it so why not them when they are already rich men. The fact is that the more they pay the players the more nyantakyi , appiah and co also pay themselves. it is greed pure and simple.
  • joe says:
    November 10, 2012 10:08 am
    @billymoor n say it loud. u know people like u ar wat we can use 2 build ghana n can easily uplift a nation wer der is no hope n talk 4 d impoverish n needy people in ghana. first of who made d players who they ar? who gave dem d platform 2 advertise their talent? where was essien b4 fifa 99? wer was badu,rabiu,etc b4 egypt 2009? wer was kelvin b4 d world cup? look at d chance ghana kept on given to asamoah gyan b4 he became prominent? blv it nyantakyi wu has incited al these. jah wil deal bitterly wit dem in d tournament if they dnt know n they issue out dat money.