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Ghana has always paid World Cup players in cash - Ghana FA executive member

Published on: 30 June 2014
The Black STars have always received cash payments

The Ghana government has always paid its players in cash at the World Cup, Ghana Football Association Executive Committee Randy Abbey has revealed.

The country paid its players all their bonuses and appearance fees in cash at the 2006 and 2010 World Cup which means it is a norm of the team.

The Black Stars have been under intense scrutiny since they were paid their World Cup appearance fees in cash in Brazil last week which prompted anger in some quarters.

His revelation comes in the wake of controversy that greeted the flight of some $3 million from Ghana to Brazil to pay angry Black Stars players threatening to boycott a World Cup game.

The incident has made Ghana a subject of global ridicule with many major international media houses mocking the country.

Abbey, who was a member of Ghana's World Cup delegation in 2006 and 2010, revealed it had always been the practice for government to carry cash to the Black Stars as payment for appearance fees and other allowances.

According to him, it happened in 2006 as well as in 2010 and hoped that with the lessons of 2014, the country will adopt a more sanitised way of paying its players.

Discussing the matter on Joy FM's news analysis programme Newsfile Randy Abbey who was the FA spokesperson when Ghana went to the World Cup in 2010 admitted that the players were paid in cash as has happened in 2014.

The only difference perhaps was that there was no minister or deputy formally announcing the decision to carry the cash to South Africa as has been done by Joseph Yammin in the Brazil case.

Even that Randy Abbey said tax officials in South Africa who thoroughly monitored media reports in Ghana picked up snippets of information that the players were been paid in cash and wanted taxes to be paid on those bonuses.

He said he convinced the South Africans that it was only the per diems of the players which were being paid and not the bonuses. The per diems for each player amounted to $100 per day, he recalled and invited the tax officials to deduct the tax on the $100 if they wanted.

Randy Abbey said the country has to insist that mode of payment be changed so that monies would always be paid through the Bank accounts of the players.

Source: Myjoyonline


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Bostonman redsox says:
    June 30, 2014 01:18 pm
    Foolishness at the highest level governance. Transport cash n risk crime against players n delegates? Transport cash n pay 17% tax rate to another nation where as kids r dying from malnutrition. No consistent energy source or clean drinking water. Ministers fixing friends to collect bribes to benefit cassino gambling iin AAsia. NDC NPP and all these fools. Gross reckless incompetence everywhere in ghana.
  • selfmade says:
    June 30, 2014 01:41 pm
    See this overbloated, fatty cow! Shut the hell and it ll be better for u to lose some weight than talking bull! Overweight ll be your downfall, greedy, gluttonous son of a bitch!
  • Benny says:
    June 30, 2014 02:00 pm
    Barbaric fool with 12th century mentality .You pay them in cash so that you fools can take your cut from bribe paying players like Dauda.
  • nana poku says:
    June 30, 2014 02:03 pm
    why are these lot making this situation worse. how can these lot be leading a whole FA team, bunch of idiots and pricks.You've turn the whole nation into a laughing stock and still coming out with more nonsense, how stupid. This is what happen if you give your unqualified friends positions they are not capable to run. JOKERS!!!!!!
  • Kelvin says:
    June 30, 2014 02:18 pm
    Ghana is still leaving in the early stone age. Surely did we have to transport cash to Brazil? Why didn't the government just deposit money into each respective player's account? The president himself needs to be ashamed.
  • AkosuaGhana says:
    June 30, 2014 05:03 pm
    Thank God this whole fiasco has unveiled what basiclly is a scam that has been going on for years...paying players in cash makes it easier for GFA conmen to siphon monies that is not theirs. I'll bet that previous WC players who were unaware of the FIFA rules pertaining to appearance fees were grateful for any crumbs accorded them while GFA STOLE the lion's share of fees. Unfortunately for the thieves this time round, more players are playing abroad and are aware of the rules of the game and can no longer be scammed.
  • selfmade says:
    June 30, 2014 05:55 pm
    This stupid, ughly son of a PUNK also have high hopes of becoming fa president some day!! Is lil surprising most people see us as ughly because those in the helms of affairs are FONKING UGHLY!