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Black Stars players to resist contracts before national team invitation

Published on: 10 July 2014
Some players of Ghana's national team, the Black Stars, say they will resist the decision to sign contracts with the country before they are allowed to play for the country, a local media out has reported.

Some players of Ghana's national team, the Black Stars, say they will resist the decision to sign contracts with the country before they are allowed to play for the country, a local media out has reported.

In the wake of the country's shambolic showing at the World Cup, the Executive Committee reached a decision to give players contract to sign before they are invited to play for the Black Stars.

The move is meant to stem the appearance fee disgrace that rocked the country's participation in the World Cup which contributed to the team's early exit from the tournament.

Under the new regulation players must agreed for their bonuses to be paid in their bank accounts, while agreed amounts of bonuses with players cannot be reviewed as well as the disciplinary code of the team.

But All Sport has reported that some players have indicated their unwillingness to sign the proposed contract under any circumstances.

They  claim the contracts will unnecessarily empower the football association whilst leaving them without a say in their welfare when things go awry.

Checks with the Ghana Football Association through it's Communications director,Ibrahim Sannie Daara confirmed that the playing body was not involved in the discussion to impose contracts but also revealed that arrangements were underway to educate the players on the benefits of the contracts.

"We took the decision on these contracts,which will basically deal with the mode of payment,amount to be paid during qualifications and tournaments after the World Cup," Daara said.

"Our plan is to sit down with the players and highlight the benefits of these contracts to them and also give them an avenue where they can also hold the association accountable on certain issues."

Ghana crashed out of the World Cup in the group stage and the discussions of of money is said to have affected the players leading to non-performance.

The airlifting of money from Ghana to Brazil to the players also caused the country a major embarrassment.


This article has 20 comment(s), give your comment
  • nana says:
    July 10, 2014 05:43 pm
    you sign and play, its simple. when u read a contract that u r not interested u opt out and dont behave as if playing for the black stars is the right of sm people
  • Ratty says:
    July 10, 2014 04:50 pm
    Hey!!! corruption is sinking the nation oh wrong people always occupied positions gfa is manage by a corruped lawyer and bought old fools as a subordinate who are old enough to be his father but because of banku money oh mother ghana foolish people ruling you oh pity
  • voice in the wilderness says:
    July 10, 2014 04:49 pm
    What if notable players refuse to honor call ups ostensibly legitimate reasons. To play for the nation should be honorable not contractual or impositional. Then the gfa who finds no fault in their authority should dawn the national Jersey and go and play. How'bout that? Forumites may select their starting 11
  • benito says:
    July 10, 2014 04:47 pm
    Ridiculous !!contract before you are allowed to play for your own country??? Seriously ?.This is what happens when you foreigners like yamin and saanie diaraa running our football
  • Vim says:
    July 10, 2014 11:56 am
    A say in what???!!... They shud sign, if they cant they shud forget Black Stars. They want $200000 next time eh??... Siafour
  • Assisi says:
    July 10, 2014 12:19 pm
    All will depend on what is in the contract before any player signs any document. The contract should be fair before any player signs anything. No one is a slave for the FA. The national team doesn't belong top the FA.
  • kofi says:
    July 10, 2014 12:29 pm
    Stupid journalisim mention the said players. for now who can you call a black star player.
  • Rasheed says:
    July 10, 2014 12:33 pm
    Nyantakyie,Saanie Diarra and Appiah are going to be flogged at bukom square,all are invited.
  • Alexander says:
    July 10, 2014 12:35 pm
    All this talk about contracts shows how clueless, immature and incompetent the GFA and the coach are with regards to soccer administration and dealing with players. It is not about about forcing or coercing players to play and give off their best. It is about motivation, encouragement, fairness, and showing love. Let us not forget, these players are professionals and love to play. It is not about money but the ability of the leaders to bring the best in them and make them play their hearts out. The GFA and so called leaders lack leadership skills and should look at themselves first. Instead of blaming the players and everybody else, they need to take leadership courses and seek skills in how to motivate the team just as managers and army generals seek ways to motivate their teams.
  • spellBOUND says:
    July 10, 2014 12:38 pm
    wow really? this is your solution to prevent future embarrassment? contracts??? how about paying the players what they are due to start with?? to even the brainless, that seems like it will solve that part of the issue.... would it not?? smh
  • Alexander says:
    July 10, 2014 12:41 pm
    Here is a good article for the GFA leadership to read:
  • A concerned citizen...222222 says:
    July 10, 2014 12:47 pm
    Charge the GFA for causing financial loss to state. They have reached a point they know no or loose their salaries are secured..they have intentionally employed incompetent coach who has specialized in experiments to get failure results. They have shot themselves in the foot by rewarding failure for extension of contracts with fat salaries. Dissolve the ex-co executive members who will not even employ coach AA to manage their clubs for them but have endorsed him to toil with Ghanaian hearts at the highest level to get blood become a burden on your Government’s health ministry.What they are doing can even attract Arab spring uprising against your Government so don’t sit down”Otoolege” like that…take action now or you will be voted out during the next general elections. How come all national teams look at a coach's resume before employing him but GFA employs Appiah before trying to help him to build his resume by asking him to go to and attach himself with some foreign clubs? If the GFA wants the players to sign contracts then they themselves must first sign contracts with the Government to make sure they pay all monies due to the players correctly and promptly. Above all employ a good coach and not the silent killer.
  • Tanko says:
    July 10, 2014 01:22 pm
    I will always willingly play for my country under any circumstances however, if there was an agreement on an issue and the FA fail(ed) to compromise, I'll ask for my rights and possibly lefts to and if there's an Armah or Parker who couldn't be polite and try to belittle me or my coleagues, he'll be punched in the face... If he wants and can, he should retaliate and the matter would be investigated. Apuu
  • Gbormor says:
    July 10, 2014 01:35 pm
    What is contract? Is it not a written agreement between two parties? So how players on one hand will agree with management on thier packages to be paid and on the other hand refuse to sign any document to back them. With this GSN I doubt your news unless you mention your source because no rational being can refuse this unless the conditions are not favourable which means there is no agreement.
  • Jack says:
    July 10, 2014 02:33 pm
    Who told you. Dauda will be at the corner ready to sign.
  • the truth says:
    July 10, 2014 03:43 pm
    Use local players and stop embarrassing us like this.
  • Ras nick says:
    July 10, 2014 03:58 pm
    New GFA and new coach with personality then there will be no need to sign any stupid contract.they only want to enslave the players.contract my Ass.AA is too dull and foolish to be a coach 4 even under 12, They can send him 2 the moon and he will still be kwasia Appiah the mumu.**** all the GFA the duck suckers.
  • afrikaba1 says:
    July 10, 2014 03:58 pm
    These FA people are funny. What if the players sign, you don't pay them before the start of tournaments, they become demotivated and then lose games. Who suffer? Instead of paying them what was agreed you coming up with statements after statements. You want Ghanaians to see that it was not your fault and you going nowhere. If you guys don't want to resign God will do it for the people of Ghana. You will all go one by one.
  • Boro says:
    July 11, 2014 01:54 am
    I thought it was a previlege to play for the BS but with the recent happenings i am now begining to understand that it is rather for the money and luxury. This contract thing will now help us to know who really want to play for the nation and is committed. The players will not be able to hold the nation to ransome again.
  • butter bread says:
    July 11, 2014 07:49 am
    My fantasy Ghana squad for Morocco 2015 in a 4-2-3-1 1.kwarasey 2.afful 3.baba Rahman 4.Marcel appiah 5.Jonathan mensah 6.rabiu Mohammed 7.frank acheampong 8.Bernard kumordzie 9.asamoah gyan 10.kojo asamoah 11.Andre ayew