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Asante Kotoko fly in cash to Sudan in "Hollywood style" to pay players and avoid total shutdown

Published on: 05 January 2021

Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko have reportedly flown in several thousands of dollars to Sudan in a Hollywood style to pay outstanding bonuses of Asante Kotoko players in a sensational twist to avoid a total boycott.

Officials of the Porcupine Warriors have mobilised the money and put in a plane to the Northeast African nation.

Players of the team boycotted Tuesday morning's training session over unpaid salary and wages running into several weeks.

The sit-down strike has forced the club to fly in thousand of dollars to Sudan to offset the outstanding debt which threatens the club's image and CAF Champions League return leg against Al Hilal in Omdurman on Wednesday.

The Hollywood movie is quite reminiscent of how Ghana's government  sent more than $3m in cash by plane to Brazil to pay the appearance fees owed to the national team at the World Cup in Brazil 2014.

It appears players of Kotoko have taken a cue from the global spectacle after boycotting training until monies owed the players are paid.

The players are owed per diem of their last encounter in Mauritania against FC Nouadhibou where they drew 1-1.

The second leg of that tie was called off following the disqualification of Nouadhibou.

Qualification entitlements of the tie are yet to paid to players.

Winning bonuses of their games against Legon Cities FC and Dreams FC in the Ghana Premier League have also not been paid coupled with the monthly salaries of December 2020. understands the players refused to train at the scheduled time and were engaged in a meeting with the management.

The first leg of this tie saw the Porcupine Warriors lose 1-0 to the Sudanese giants at the Accra Sports Stadium a fortnight ago.

The second leg is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 9 January 2021 at the Al Hilal Stadium.

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