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Ghana FA chief Nyantakyi agrees with dollar payment for Black Stars

Published on: 12 March 2014
Kwesi Nyantakyi says the Black Stars must be paid in dollars

Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi has backed the Black Stars players’ demand to be paid in dollars despite the recent directive by government for all transaction to be made in cedis.

Nyantakyi says since most of the players ply their trade abroad the players should be exempted as they will spend their monies abroad.

Ghana’s economy has taken a hit in the last quarter, leading the country’s central bank to ban the quotation of goods and services in dollars.

This has led to the players demanding that their bonuses and per diems should be paid in foreign currency as they don't live in Ghana which will make it difficult to spend it.

But the GFA boss believes exceptions should be made for the players.

“These players are plying their trade abroad, so we have to be realistic and understand their demand for payment in dollars,” Nyantakyi told Kessben FM

“After all, they spend in dollars, so giving them cards wouldn’t help and I don’t think there should be a problem in giving them euros or dollars.

"I know there are exceptions to the directives given by the president to the bank of Ghana, especially when the person involved stays overseas,” Nyantakyi told Kessben FM.

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This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Philippo says:
    March 13, 2014 07:51 am
    A true Ghanaian will always go for the Nation first
  • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:
    March 13, 2014 02:02 am
    greed will kill this amount of money can satisfy these players n how bad they want a wcup trophy. the oppotunity to play at the wcup n possibly winning a trophy supercedes their bonuses. if i were the coach. i will pick the players who are willing to play for free....they are the ones who will play hard. money is not the motivation at this level. these players already hve money...cedis or nothing..
  • Africanus says:
    March 12, 2014 10:58 pm
    Why not? Nyantakyi wants his 15% kickback in dollars. No wonder he supports the players.
  • GHFUO, be serious & change ur MENtality says:
    March 13, 2014 01:57 am
    NYantakyi is an idiot. ur reason for wanting to oay them in dollars is bcos the players will spend their monies overseas? really? are these players not gh? what soverign nation are they playing under? wat is the currency of gh? i dont care if they want to spend their money on mars. let them deal with that when they get there. as far as the min of sports n the bank of gh is concerned. players monies must be paid in cedis and the cash taxed and the rest deposited into a gh account or an account of their choice anywhere in the world. if nations like brasil, spain, italy, britain, germany etc are paying their players in their own local currency. why is gh paying these same foreign based players in dollars, not cedis? secondly, paying these guys in dollars wont help gh. changing the cedi to the dollar is expensive. gh is simply showing appreciation for what these players are doing. we cant afford to pay them their the exchange equivalent in cedis and pay them in cedis. if the germans are paying their players in marks. why must gh pay their players in dollars? this nyantakyi, u fool pass koobi...
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    March 12, 2014 10:11 pm
    Very funny when you consider how some of the players pretend they are doing Ghana a favour by playing; as if what we pay them is peanuts and they receive a lot more cash at their clubs. English players who are paid over $400,000 a month, are paid about $8,000 a match. The idea is, they are playing for their country and so money does not matter. But what do we see? What are we learning? Anyway, back to the subject, I think since Unibank is sponsoring Black Stars, it is common sense for the players to open accounts with them, and the bonuses paid to them in cedi equivalent. If the players feel like transferring the moneys into their accounts outside, that is their own business. It is simply not safe carrying plenty dollars just to pay players. There are more thieves in Brazil than where Muntari and Gyan lost their precious stuff after a football match.
  • Atinga says:
    March 12, 2014 05:11 pm
    Do the local BS players also spend their monies abroad? Also, are they not called Ghana BS? Your temporary residence now takes precedence over your citizenship? Do they file taxes in Ghana and where they play? And do they declare their BS incomes there? So Mr Chairman wants us to pay them with hard earned taxpayers money for them to go and pay part to another country as taxes?
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    March 12, 2014 04:29 pm
    Oh Africa, why dollars, are the players playing in American clubs or europe?i wonder what America have put in our food.
  • Rasheed says:
    March 12, 2014 03:20 pm
    I know you will reject the payment in cedis, because you always want the dollars to shit in pocket. Hahahahah gangrenous Nyantakyie the dollar man.
  • selfmade says:
    March 12, 2014 03:36 pm
    We ll have been surprised if u have kicked against this because after all u ll also received your bonuses in dollars!!