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Christian Atsu says if Ghana lose to Portugal people will blame money

Published on: 26 June 2014
Atsu says if Ghana lose people will blame money

Ghana star Christian Atsu says his side must get a result in their final Group G match against Portugal, or people will think it is because of a row over appearance fees.

Ghana prepare for their crunch Group G game against Portugal in Brasilia on Wednesday.

The Ghanaian camp has been in disarray over the unpaid fees, and the government has sent more than $3 million cash to Brazil after players threatened to boycott the Portugal clash.

Sulley Muntari and Kevin-Prince Boateng, two of the biggest names in the squad, have been expelled for indiscipline, but Atsu says the remaining team members must put the controversies behind them and fight for a win against Portugal.

"It will be bad if we lose the game because I think people will be thinking it is because of the money," the 22-year-old said. "Now we have no option but to go and make our nation proud."

The Chelsea winger, who spent last season on loan at Vitesse, also insisted that there was no prospect of the players refusing to play if they did not receive the money.

“We are in the biggest tournament in the world now, if we don’t get the money, we’ll just put everything behind us because the whole world is watching us," he said.

"We are not going to say: ‘Because of the money we’re not going to play'. We love our nation and we are going to play for our nation.”

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Ghana face a struggle to get out of Group G after picking up a solitary point from their first two games. The lost 2-1 to the USA in their opener before a pulsating 2-2 draw with Germany.

Now a win against Portugal may still not be enough to see Ghana qualify if Germany and the United States play out a draw.

Will Ghana beat Portugal and qualify for the knockout stages?


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • selfmade says:
    June 26, 2014 05:17 pm
    Come on Ghana! Germany score!
  • zambitious says:
    June 26, 2014 06:02 pm
    who doesn't know that ghana plays for money. what a shame, you go all the way to the world cup(soccer's finest tournament) to play under protest due to allowances? they don't deserve to go there again!!! when we said ghana is nothing in terms of football, you all lunatics were busy yapping unprintables. now where is ghana? on the first plane back to africa! shame
  • zambitious says:
    June 26, 2014 06:05 pm
    is that the way you play? i thought ghana was playing portugal, let them do their f&*kn job! nonsense!
  • Stallion says:
    June 26, 2014 06:12 pm
    As a nation we need to do a self assessment and stop the hero worshiping and glorification of authority and people with money/power. Developed societies did not achieve that level of development by sweeping their problems under the carpet like we do in Africa. Whether its football, or the economy, every aspect of our society needs revamping. Instead of coming to the defence of corrupt leaders like we see on this site in the wake of the GFA match fixing scandal; we must wake up and call for serious Investigation into these things as citizens. Its the only way to hold people in position of authority accountable.