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Black Stars code of conduct rebels will be axed from AFCON squad

Published on: 30 August 2014
Players who refuse to sign code of conduct will be axed from the team

Black Stars players will sign the team's code of conduct before next week's Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda and those who opt out from signing the contract will be left of the Ghana national team, the Ghana FA has revealed.

Sports ministry officials officials and the management of the Black Stars will meet the players on Tuesday night to explain to the Black Stars players the need for the code of conduct and the new way of paying the players.

The GFA has been forced into changing its ways of dealing with players of the national team following some ugly incidents in the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was alleged to have verbally insulted coach Kwesi Appiah while Sulley Muntari was accused of physically attacking a management member of the Black Stars at the tournament in Brazil.

Ghana was subjected to international ridicule after it emerged that players were subsequently paid their appearance fees of $100,000 in cash after it was flown from Accra by a chartered flight.

Players also boycotted training because of government's delay in paying their appearance fees at the World Cup which sparked concerns about the effectiveness of the previous code of conduct.

With the first match since the tournament in Brazil looming, the GFA says they are putting these new measures in place to ensure that the right things are done from the Black Stars next game.

"The contract with the players will be signed before our match against Uganda. As we all know, a lot of issues arose during the World Cup and management have devised strategies to correct these issues and this is the first step," Ghana FA spokesman Ibrahim Sannie Daara explained at a press conference in Accra on Friday.

"A code of conduct for the Black Stars and the amount they will be paid during the qualifiers will be signed by all players.

"We have learnt our lessons going forward and we want to hit the ground running in our very next assignment. For their own safety, its important that we get this done once and for all.

"We'll take them through the contract so that they know what they are signing. The Sports Minister or maybe his assistant will also be in at the meeting on Tuesday evening to also speak with the players about the contracts and the new measures being put in place."

The GFA says players who refuse to sign the contract will be left out of the squad as they are keen on not repeating what happened in Brazil in terms of conduct.

"If we all go through the terms of the contract and a player thinks they cannot sign it, let me assure you that we'll leave that player out," Sannie stated emphatically.

Ghana will play Uganda on Saturday before travelling to Togo to face the Hawks on Wednesday.


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • Author: Tjorven's Africa Calling says:
    August 30, 2014 04:49 pm
    It would wise for the officials of GFA to discuss the contents of the contract with the players and make some amendments where necessary. The professional players are thought of their rights and duties. GFA can not force any Black Stars player to sign contract which is not conform with his club's conditions. The GFA should rather be wise and manage the Black Stars team so attractive for every top Ghanaian player to be proud to be a member. The amount the GFA pays to the players playing for their clubs in Europe is no reason for them to travel all the way back to Ghana to play for the country. The players love their motherland and want to be among the best in Africa and the world. Otherwise, by leaving a player out, would just weaken the team. The GFA has to learn to be with professional players or rather give way for better managers
  • The greatest says:
    August 30, 2014 03:18 am
    It cannot be a one-sided proposal/contract. Signees must have an input. Officials should also sign similar contract. What about if they sign and go on to lose the matches deliberately. Will they still get their appearance fees.
  • fish says:
    August 30, 2014 05:09 am
    To hell with ugly Nyantakyie and his cohorts at GFA,may Satan give them a hell if time.
  • Adebayo says:
    August 30, 2014 05:28 am
    These jokers at the GFA are having a field day! How about the players deciding as a body not to sign? Will you leave them all out? This whole issue with the world cup is about the lack of respect for some 'unqualified' officials and until that issue is settled, the team will continue to under perform!
  • Rasheed says:
    August 30, 2014 06:27 am
    @Adebayo,thank you for cogent comments.Those rogues at GFA are totally confused,I don't know if they are on drugs or what.
  • shine says:
    August 30, 2014 07:41 am
    GFA members are all animals and not a human beings. Primary School children. GFA knows nothing but like sheeps. The whole body has a mental problems. what of if the whole team decided not to sign what will you do? they have already called the players and fifa has the list of those players at the end if the whole team say no what will you do GFA? All of you will rest in peaces. Your mothers and your fathers. All your family shall not grow to prosper. **** GFA to hell. Any player who sign this shall not play well may that player get injured all the time. **** GFA **** them off. Their all bitches and monkies donkies smelling asshole gays GFA members.
  • jenne says:
    August 30, 2014 09:40 am
    once they (the players) decides on what we shul pay them instead of we (Ghana tax payers) deciding on what tu pay them, then i think ther must be signing of a contract. for once, i applaud de GFA f4 dis bold step. we cant allow unpathrotic players tu take us for ramson not even their relatives whu are always wana pose unneccessary coments in suport of them.
  • jenne says:
    August 30, 2014 09:41 am
    once they (the players) decides on what we shul pay them instead of we (Ghana tax payers) deciding on what tu pay them, then i think ther must be signing of a contract. for once, i applaud de GFA f4 dis bold step. we cant allow unpathrotic players tu take us for ramson not even their relatives whu are always wana pose unneccessary coments in suport of them for their own selfish interest.
  • jenne says:
    August 30, 2014 09:53 am
    we hav thousands of players in Ghana, how can all of em boycott signi a contract, must we always think of the negative effects?, there ar a lot of positivitis in this new development. no wonda some people ar chalangin this idea with de negativs, its not their fault it happens tu bi the emblem of most Ghanaians, they always embrace tu old ideas, they don wana change thins if thins are changin, we must not allow certain group of peopl tu exhibit their selfish interest tu deteriorate de economic state of this state, footbal is not de onli source of entertainment(even naw business), must we exhange all our wealth for it!,, camon lets think as Ghanaians,,,
  • Yaw says:
    August 30, 2014 10:57 am
    It is soooooooo easy 4 out top people to hide behind the expression: "Discipline, discipline, discipline"! My goodness, our top people are the most indiscipline, corrupt, incompetent beings in existence, & yet they hav the audacity to demand "discipline" from the players.....typical!! No wonder our nation is in demise.
  • joel says:
    August 31, 2014 02:42 am
    This is nothing but a plan to schield their dirty practice.its the so call indiscipline of sulley that exposed their crime and fraudulent now they trying to make sure whatever they do you dare not complain.the officials better sign it first.