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The Ghanaian government has been forced to send $3 million to the Black Stars, who demanded payment before Thursday's game.
Ghana's bonus row between the players and the nation's FA has been
solved after $3 million was flown into Brazil by the government Tuesday.
The Black Stars were irritated with the amount they had been paid and
almost boycotted their trip to Brasilia to face Portugal in their
must-win final group game.
Ghana president John Mahama had to intervene swiftly to calm nerves
over the appearance fees for the World Cup, which had not been paid
since the start of the competition.
An official statement from
the Ghana FA confirmed the ruckus in camp but assured that "the money
will be paid by Wednesday afternoon which has brought some assurance to
the Black Stars".
Ghana’s deputy sports minister Joseph Yamin said officials had no
option other than to arrive at that decision since the players
threatened to derail the World Cup campaign.
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The players held up their trip to Brasilia for hours demanding about
$100,000 each as “appearance fee” at the global football tournament
before facing beleaguered Portugal on Thursday.
The sports ministry had initially planned to wire the money to the
players as the tournament wears on, but it had to “come back and
mobilize the physical cash to be sent to them. Saturday morning, the
money was mobilized, but a chartered flight to take the money to Brazil
is what has delayed the money up until now.”
Yamin told Accra-based Citi FM that the flight will be in
Brazil on Wednesday, then the money will be disbursed to the agitated
players ahead of their must-win game against Portugal.
He said “government had to contend with getting permits, getting the
reliable flight to be able to send this money across, national security
vans would have to be policing this money to the airport.”
Yamin said they had no option than to give in to the Black Stars
pressure since government did not want to be blamed for a bad campaign
Ghana will play Portugal on Thursday, and a convincing win could see it through to the knockout stages of the competition.