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 teamâ€™s below-par performance at the tournament being staged in South Africa.
Ghana have been unimpressive despite remaining unbeaten in the competition â€“ 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 â€˜mediocreâ€™ players for his personal financial gain.
But the assistant coach of the main Black Stars team describes these allegations as â€˜outrageous shameful falsehoodâ€™ by people who simply want to run his reputation down.
â€œI have heard the allegations that I take monies from players I select. These are outrageous shameful falsehood allegations,â€ he told Metro FM.
â€œPeople just donâ€™t understand what we are trying to do with the team.
â€œPeople say y for instance, I have taken money from [Richard] Mpong to field him in the team.
â€œWhat does Mpong have that I would like to take money from him?
â€œI 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.
â€œPeople who donâ€™t really know me go round making these false reports.
â€œGood name is always better than riches and I believe it is just a plot by some individuals who want to run me down.
â€œI will never take monies from any player. That is not how I was brought up.â€
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.