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Money not a factor for Ghana players ahead of 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

Published on: 10 November 2012

Money is not the overriding factor driving players to play for the Black Stars, says Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi.

The GFA President has been reacting to the proposed financial package for the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations which has drawn mixed reaction.

With the package which includes a proposed $15,000 winning bonus generating much talk in the media, Kwesi Nyantakyi explains that Ghanaian players are patriotic enough to fight for the nation.

“At every particular point in time the money we pay to players is not what they demanded, they demand more than that,” Kwesi Nyantakyi said.

“Based on the inculcation of the virtues or the principles of patriotism and nationalism that they seem to imbibe, it sobers them to understand it is just not about the money but then they need to die for their country.”

Kwesi Nyantakyi says though the sport is awash with more financial investments there are other factors that players consider than the financially driven motives.

“You must also appreciate that back in their clubs, most of them who play in Europe earn more than what we give them here.

“So if it is purely about money they will not even come here, they will stay behind and play for their clubs.”


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  • say it loud says:
    November 10, 2012 11:48 am
    Why does Nyantakyi think Ghanaians are fools and keeps giving these lame excuses. according to nyantakyi, Players who are inbided with patrotism and nationalism demand more than they are paid. These means that they demand more than the $ 15 000 which they are paid and yet they are awash with patriotism. What myopic logic. hear him again, they are paid more in their clubs so if it were for money they will not come to play for Ghana. What does Nyantakyi take us for? fools? who does not know that the players need to play for their national teams to raise their value in Europe.Kelvin prince Boateng's career was going no where until he played for Ghana in South africa. It is also well known that without playing about 75% of your national team matches you may not get a work permit to play in England. Nyantakyi should therefore not insult our intelligence since some of us cannot be fooled. If he is conspiring with the players to enrich themselves without thinking about their kith and kin back home he should go ahead and stop disturbing our peace. I am fed up with reading his childish explanations.
  • Ansong says:
    November 10, 2012 01:14 pm
    All the players are already making good money playing abroad.We should rather concentrate/focus on the coach because 1)this kumasi coach doesn't have UEFA licence 2)never play pro abroad 3)no head-coach experience 4)tactially blind.wise up*
  • Tiger says:
    November 10, 2012 02:24 pm
    hahahahaha why are u call AA ''kumasi coach''? Why don't you call him ''Ghanaian coach''? Is it because he is from kumasi? If yes, remember that kumasi is not kumasi, kumasi is one of the city part of Ghana
  • Billymoore says:
    November 10, 2012 05:14 pm
    @ Ansong, your hatred for Akwasi Appiah has blinded your very thoughts. What has the issue at stake got to do with him? Our players are insensitive and selfish. Why would they demand so much and relate to what they take from their clubs elsewhere? Steven Gerrard takes 3000 pounds sterling as winning bonus when playimg for the three lions of England and gives 50% of it to charity. What is wrong with our players? That is the issue at stake. What is our players real contribution to the needy?
  • crusader says:
    November 10, 2012 05:16 pm
    The truth always hurts! however, we have to face it. To me, we can get them billions of dollars as winning bonuses but these current crop of Black Star players do not have the winning mentality. If you have a team that has no fighting spirit and above all technically bankrupt,yet, Ghanaians still have that hope we can do something better,we just jokers.You give them $15,000 dollars a match as bonuses. what makes me mad is that is tax free! We are spending that money in vain because the players themselves know they dont have that winning mentality..We gotta throw a challenge to the the trophy and all bonuses will be paid..
  • idiami says:
    November 10, 2012 05:31 pm
    nyantakyi is an armrobber,thief
  • Illegal says:
    November 10, 2012 07:39 pm no bi proirity de3 dem 4 play free..dem fini aa..den we tke som bonus gv dem...find out de dictionary meaning of 'BONUS' u go bab wat I dey talk.. Dem no take care de BLACK STARS no go go pass de group stage saf...Kwesi Nyantakyi.....ADEN.....??We live in a ctry where pple still study under trees n u carry dese HUGE SUMS to players 4 jux 90mins...check out how teachers salaries were SLUMP dis month...De BLACK STARS brings us joy but dis 1 de3...ADABRAKA....
  • idiami says:
    November 10, 2012 08:31 pm
    they are all fools God will punishment them for their greed,nkwaseafo) likf that
  • idiami says:
    November 10, 2012 08:36 pm
    they are all fools God will punishment them for their greed,nkwaseafo) likf that,if they take this money it wil be curse for them
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 10, 2012 09:11 pm
    They don't have to contribute!!
    November 10, 2012 10:38 pm
    if they take this money its gonna be a curse on them. foools
  • junior mafia says:
    November 11, 2012 07:50 am
    Nyantakyi is a criminal if moni is not da issue y such a huge proposal? 31yrs without an afcon is motivation enuf...damn gfa.
  • Ezekiel Obiba says:
    November 11, 2012 08:23 am
    The playez have neva demanded 4 an incriment in their winning bonus.Its U nyatakye who want to rich ur pocket cos we know dat de BS management comitte also recieve winnin bonus wit de same amount givin 2 de BS playez.oh nyatakye ur end is nearer.
  • Mojahadine says:
    November 11, 2012 04:36 pm
    Listen, I do not believe Akwesi Appiah is qualified to coach the black Stars either, he gets this position out of nepotism and brown nosing coupled with having friends in the higher hierarchy of the GFA who are helping him. Like you stated, he is totally inept. It all showed during the BS game against Zambia when we were just down by one point and he looked like a lost chicken with feathers plucked out standing on the side line with all his mediocre assistants hiding from him. He looked abandoned. Trust me people, it will happen again, unless he calls Sillas Tetteh to join his technical team.