After Cameroon players demanded their world cup allowances before jetting out of their country, Ghana seems to have gone on a go slow and demanded payment.To that effect a plane carrying more than $3 million or ksh 240 million in cash to Brazil to pay the World Cup appearance fees owed to the national soccer team, known as the Black Stars.
“The players insisted that they will want physical cash,” Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yammin said in comments broadcast by Accra-based Citi FM. “Government had to mobilize the money and a chartered flight to Brazil. The money is in excess of $3 million.”
The Ghanian government which sourced for the funds will be reimbursed through money awarded to Ghana by FIFA, soccer’s governing body, the association said.
The Black stars have played two matches so far in the tournament, losing 2-1 to the U.S. and drawing 2-2 with Germany. They play their final first round match against Portugal tomorrow is a must win if they are to have any chance of progressing. The Black Stars were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Uruguay in 2010’s tournament in South Africa.
“President Mahama waded into the matter after agitation from the Black Stars players,” the association said. “President Mahama personally spoke to the players to assure them the money will be paid by Wednesday afternoon.”