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Excessive love for money by players destroying Black Stars- ex captain CK Akunnor

Published on: 16 July 2014
John Boye kissing the money the received from the Black Stars camp.

Ex-Ghana captain CK Akunnor, says the unbridled demands by players of the Black Stars has been the bane of the team, saying the issue has reached alarming levels and needs to be curtailed at a point.

Even though he admitted money was a key factor for his generation, these days the money demanded by players as incentives was very huge and disturbing.

In an interview with the Graphic Sports in Accra on the sidelines of the recent two-day retreat of eminent football admnistrators, the retired football star and coach argued that Ghana missed an opportunity to make it big at the World Cup due to unresolved monetary issues.

The former Wolfsburg player said “now there is monetary in the business and it comes with bigger problems” which need to be solved.

Akonnor, who captained the national team from 2004 to 2008, said the problem had given the Stars a bad image and was the root cause of all the challenges that Ghana encountered at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ghana’s campaign at the just-ended World Cup ended ignobly at the group stage where they placed bottom of Group G with only a point, a situation which GFA president Kwesi Nyantakyi attributted to “the  money, money craze” among the players.

Akonnor said although his era witnessed some level of indiscipline, the hefty financial rewards to players these days was “outrageous”.

The 40-year-old former Accra Hearts of Oak coach lauded the move to organise the soccer retreat, saying it would help identify the solutions to football in the country and expressed the that hope that the recommendations if implemented  would help Ghana make progress.

Akunnor, who was in Brazil as one of Ghana’s ambassadors to support the national team stated that several other reasons contributed to Ghana’s poor performance and indicated that they should be identified with appropriate remedies prescribed.

He asked Ghanaians to learn a lesson from what happened in Brazil and return to the drawing board to see what we did wrong and correct the mistakes.

Source: Graphic Sports


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  • The Cockerel says:
    July 16, 2014 12:20 pm
    The Black Stars money debacle in Brazil which came to a head on the eve of the crucial third match against Portugal revealed several fundamental problems about both GFA and state of Ghana's government in general, and the players' monetary demands were among the least of our problems, in my opinion. The demand for 'pay-before-play' was borne out of a long period of mistrust between the players and the GFA executive due to a history of either late payment or non-payment for services rendered in previous international call-ups. The suspicion of the players (and many other onlookers) was that their money ended up in private pockets instead of helping Ghana football in general, that is to say, corruption. Add this to the long train of hangers-on and petty officialdom who followed the Black Star camp and you can see how the senior players became disenchanted. It was first rate failure of GFA administration and follows in the footsteps of the failure of governance of the country in general. The boys were simply unwilling to sacrifice their money to line the pockets of GFA and government officials. If we want a bit of sacrifice from our boys, then officials and those in power must show that they are also willing to sacrifice too and show some real and tangible love for their country. To buy into the blaming of the players alone for the disaster in Brazil is to buy into a very narrow view of what is wrong with governance in Ghana in general and to let those in real power in Ghana off the hook.
  • Emma says:
    July 16, 2014 01:00 pm
    Can C K Akunor tell the world why he played in Germany instead of staying in the local league? This is the guy who would want to be a coach for the Stars in figure. Of course a lot of people already hate him for other reasons well known.
  • BB says:
    July 16, 2014 01:56 pm
    cockerel and Emma ur comments dont make sense at all. u fool papa
  • Boro says:
    July 16, 2014 05:13 pm
    BAM! You have said it. No selfless players in the BS anymore. All they think of is Money! Money!Money! Thank God we now know where some of these players have been spending their appearanace fees and the bonuses.
  • Stallion says:
    July 16, 2014 09:55 pm
    Corruption has been a problem in Ghana dating back to hundreds of years. Ghana became the nerve center of the slave trade due to corruption, and love of money by our kings and chiefs dating back to the 15th century. Its a serious disease that is going to take the collective effort of all Ghanaians to solve, and not a few bunch of players whose very behavior in Brazil was in itself tantamount to corruption. I'm not vouching for corrupt officials in the GFA; but one question I have for the players is, why did they accept to represent the country in the first place if some of them were understandably not happy with the goings on in the GFA? Is it not double standard if some of these players crying foul about corruption are quick to beg, and pay their way into the national teams? Once problems started cropping up in Holland as they claim, what stopped them from hopping off the plane to be replaced by those who were willing to represent the people of Ghana. Nobody holds a gun to anybody's head to represent their country in sports; however if you do accept to represent it, then you have to do so with respect for the people, and the flag(red, gold, and green), and not a few corrupt officials.