Lawyer Yaley going to court over Akwasi Appiah's salary

Published on: 11 April 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Public interest lawyer Sam Pee Yaley is heading to court over the salary of newly appointed Black Stars coach Akwasi Appiah.

According to the lawyer, per Ghana’s labour laws, Appiah deserves similar pay as the immediate past coach of the team, Goran Stevanovic.

The Serbian who was fired following the Black Stars’ inability to win the 2012 Nations Cup after just a year into his two year deal was on a 30,000 Euros per month wage.

Appiah, 51, who was appointed as Stevanovic’s replacement on Monday is reported to be placed on a $20,000 per month salary once he signs on after concluding negotiations.

This Yaley however says is unlawful thus his intention of taking the Ghana FA on in the court of competent jurisdiction.

“Sections of the labour act say everybody shall receive equal pay for equal workdone,” he said.

“So I don’t see the reason why Akwasi Appiah should be paid less than the foreign coach, hence my intention to go to court with this case.”

Appiah has been assistant coach of the Black Stars since 2008 where he was reported to be on a $3000 a month salary.

He will be unveiled as the new head coach on Tuesday at an organized press conference in Accra.

 

 

Comments

  • aa
    says: 7 years ago
    Well done my brother. I am backing you 100%. We need people like you in our society to establish fairness prevails. I very much admire you.
  • Tomlee
    says: 7 years ago
    My Lawyer,I support u 100% for u to win this case to establish fairness,its about time we respect our own,so sad GFA
  • Otumfuo
    says: 7 years ago
    This lawyer lack some fundamental knowledge. He will not win this case. The law used the word SHALL and there is more to this law than just meet the eyes.
  • aa
    says: 7 years ago
    You are chatting crap. The G.F.A has broken the law and do you think he cares if he looses? He is doing what is right. He will not get jailed or prosecuted for this. He is doing the right thing. Back him na gyae jimmie no
  • Mojahadine
    says: 7 years ago
    Its the same job, the same responsibility and Akwesi Appiah should be paid the same amount of money unless he agreed to the $20,000/month salary. The burden is on Akwesi Appiah to take it or reject it. That is why he should have hired a sports agent to have negotiated his contract. Going to court is nonsense.
  • aa
    says: 7 years ago
    Kwasi Appiah doesn't know this man and has nothing to do with him. Did you read properly? He is just a lawyer who thinks the law has been broken. Kwasi Appiah did not hire him. READ!!
  • henry
    says: 7 years ago
    we must take note of their coaching linces.do they hold same linces.thus A.
  • Fiifi, Berlin
    says: 7 years ago
    Oh Ghana, Ghana!!!Why??? Even Kwasi Appiah has not been officially presented to the public. Nobody knows how much he would be paid and the fringe benefits, but people have started making this an issue! It is even embarassing Kwasi Appiah! Is this also an attempt to cause so much mayhem to make Kwasi Appiah lose his appointment?? Why can't people just stay out of other peoples matters??? Is Kwasi Appiah complaining about his salary??? Why this WAHALA???!!! AND SO SO CONFUSION WHY OH WHY???!!!
  • kwame
    says: 7 years ago
    And i quote “Sections of the labour act say everybody shall receive equal pay for equal workdone,” what is equal work done.....i'd like to ask him y some players get higher wages than others in the same club...even tho they play the same role in the team......are they tryin to say they are better than those who are paid lesser...NO is the ansa....the point is ur ability to negotiate...thats y every manager in europe and else wher are paid differently.....pep and mourinho are not paid the same wages so wats the fuss buildin up here....he shud find somewher to sleep....he kraa does he get that kind of wage he is receivin??....
  • Nana Mensah
    says: 7 years ago
    It is too early to complain about his salary because we don't yet know what the figure is. Nyantakyi said it will depend on experience and Appiah's negotiation skills. It should be borne in mind that Plavi did not have more experience than Appiah when he was appointed. Plavi had been assistant to a less national team (Serbia) for a shorter time when he was appinted coach of the Black Stars. Salaries for a Particular Job are fairly calculated starting from a Base Amount. They go up based on experience, education, certification (favouritism, nepotism, racism,.... LOL, but it's true). So Akwasi should at least get what equalled the amount Plavi was given based on Base Pay plus experience. Mind you, the GFA will be saving $5000 a month that was being paid to rent a house for Plavi here in Ghana while the dude was living in Serbia. So even if Akwasi is paid the same 30,000 Euros a month, the GFA still spends less to have the positiion filled. In a nutshell, Akwasi Appiah must be paid at least 30,000 Euros a month for the job. Appiah dresses and looks better for God's sake! A better hair-cut LOL!!!
  • N. Y. Kesse
    says: 7 years ago
    Congratulations to Kwasi Appiah on his appointment as the substantive coach of the Black Stars. I wish him well. Anyway, i heard this argument from Sam P Yalley, threatening to sue the GFA for paying Kwasi Appiah less than they paid Goran and that it smacks of discrimination. I am not a lawyer but my little knowledge on International Business indicates that when you take someone from their environment into a different environment to work they suffer what is termed "Psychological loss and social loss" and as such they need to be compensated for that loss. This loss involves social interactions associated with family, friends, neighbors and the need to re-adjust to a different environment. That is why organizations usually pay expatriates more. Under Italian law for example, employers who transfer Italians out of Italy are requested to pay them 2x what they will earn doing the same job in Italy due to these "losses". Mr. Pee Yalley, i think u goofed on this one. I am an ardent supporter of indigenous cause and i am not talking about whether equity has been served or not, i am only discussing a specific issue. Let's all support the coach unconditionally!!!
  • Mojahadine
    says: 7 years ago
    AA, did you really read through my piece and understood the points I made? What is baffling to me is your last remarks that says "AKWESI APPIAH DID NOT HIRE HIM" but my question is where in my passage did you find any sentence stating Akwesi Appiah hired this lawyer? What is Obvious to me is that you did not read through my piece or you did not possibly comprehend what my straight forward piece is all about. I will advise you to give it another read and see if you can understand it.
  • Ofori
    says: 7 years ago
    The gfa mamnagement is jeleose o4 k apia
  • Robb
    says: 7 years ago
    Say that again !!!. He is a coach for only three days and the confusion has already started. Akwesi Appiah knows he is not qualified to coach the Black Stars but he would be helped by the GFA to become a world class coach through many coaching courses and attachments with elite clubs, therefore he is happy with the package.
  • Robb
    says: 7 years ago
    Check your facts and don't mislead us. Plavi coached one of the best clubs in Serbia and won their championship. Appiah was just interim coach for under 23.
  • King
    says: 7 years ago
    Akwesi Appiah has negotiated his salary, he is happy and not complaining but some people have taken upon themselves just to create confusion in our football. Very sad.
  • JOHN KOFI OPPONG KYEKYEKU
    says: 7 years ago
    ITS A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
  • say it loud
    says: 7 years ago
    This case will fall flat in court. I dont even know where the law school is situated but this case wont fly. Did Appiah complain that he was cheated or coerced to accept the money? Did'nt he and his lawyers negotiate with the GFA. Ok educate me on the labour laws.
  • redd
    says: 7 years ago
    This lawyerr hasnt got any job to do,i guess.Kwesi Appiah negotiated his own salary so what is his problem.Do you think when an expat leaves his country and comes here he'll be paid same as u who is living and working close to your family and friends?Lawyerr please mind your own business and rather concentrate on your sinking NDC.
  • Assisi
    says: 7 years ago
    I totally applaud and support this lawyer for his actions on this particular matter. This is long overdue. If this lawyer wins and Appiah receive the same pay as Goran, then all the players in the black stars team would forever take Appiah and all future local coaches who are appointed as national team coaches very seriously since they would be less willing to take bribes from players etc and would compel the players to work very hard for the team and the coach. This is the right step forward, Lawyer Yaley.