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Ghana coach Konadu blows up: I don't take bribe from players

Published on: 21 January 2014
Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu

By Ameenu Shardow, follow on Twitter @alooameenu

Ghana coach Maxwell Konadu has furiously reacted to reports of extorting monies from players in order to field them at the ongoing CHAN tournament.

The home-based Black Stars coach has come under intense criticism for his team’s below-par performance at the tournament being staged in South Africa.

Ghana have been unimpressive despite remaining unbeaten in the competition – with a win and then a draw in the opening two group games against Congo and Libya respectively.

Coach Konadu has been blamed by his sceptics for selecting ‘mediocre’ players for his personal financial gain.

But the assistant coach of the main Black Stars team describes these allegations as ‘outrageous shameful falsehood’ by people who simply want to run his reputation down.

“I have heard the allegations that I take monies from players I select. These are outrageous shameful falsehood allegations,” he told Metro FM.

“People just don’t understand what we are trying to do with the team.

“People say y for instance, I have taken money from [Richard] Mpong to field him in the team.

“What does Mpong have that I would like to take money from him?

“I would like to place on record that I have not approached any player to extort monies from them in order to select them for the national team.

“People who don’t really know me go round making these false reports.

“Good name is always better than riches and I believe it is just a plot by some individuals who want to run me down.

“I will never take monies from any player. That is not how I was brought up.”

Ghana still have the chance to finish Group C as winners as they face Ethiopia on Tuesday.

The Black Stars are currently second with four points going into the final group game.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Thegreatest says:
    January 21, 2014 03:26 pm
  • ZG GH4LIFE says:
    January 21, 2014 02:58 pm
    We have not lost a game and still Ghanaians are not happy, what do we want,they cant beat every team 10-0 like the other teams dont play soccer,we are good in soccer but not untouchable,we will loose some and win some, so be happy if we have not lost some yet.
  • das says:
    January 21, 2014 02:26 pm
    Max, pls concentrate on your work, do not mine the foolish taught of some coaches who want to tarnish your reputation.Any team's player who is good should be use. Even you can use more kotoko players for they are the current good player you have and the team is on top of the GPL.All the best. GOD HELP TO SHAME YOUR DETRACTORS.
  • Papa Nkrumah says:
    January 21, 2014 02:05 pm
    Thanks coach for walking your talk! All players must be selected solely on merit not on sentiments, past contributions or financial benefits. Our black stars is not a grounds for returning favours.
  • Billymoore says:
    January 21, 2014 12:28 pm
    Max, please focus on the work on hand and ignore the haters. The fabricated the same falsehood against coach Sallas Tetteh before he went ahead to win the world U20 cup for Africa. Jealousy is what is driving them. Even Kwasi Appiah was accused in same manner. Little minds.
  • Teacher says:
    January 21, 2014 11:51 am
    This Great Porcupine will never take bribe.may God bless u and punish yr haters.
  • Dr Who says:
    January 23, 2014 12:50 pm
    Ghanaians talk too much....This team is so far unbeaten in the tournament and we are trying to destabilize the team...what about those 8 teams that failed to progress to the quarter finals?...what about South Africa who claim their league is competitive and better than most african nations...Lets leave the coach to do his work.