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Ex-Nigeria star Sunday Oliseh defends Ghana World Cup players over bonus row

Ex-Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh has defended the Black Stars and other African players conduct over bonuses at the 2014 World cup in Brazil.

Sunday Oliseh says the Black Stars are right over their bonus demands

Ex-Nigeria midfielder Sunday Oliseh has defended the Black Stars and other African players conduct over bonuses at the 2014 World cup in Brazil.

Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria all had issues with their players over appearance fees and bonuses during the tournament.
However, Oliseh believes the row is not enough to judge them as non committal to their national team course due to their unique cultural background,and their financial responsibilities stretch far beyond their own ends.
“I would refute the suggestion that African players are not as committed, in fact I’d say they are more committed, When you look at the responsibilities African players have to carry, the culture is a familiar one,” Oliseh said.
“It’s built around families.
“If you are earning €100, it’s not just for your wife and kids, it’s for your wife, kids, brother, cousin, aunt, sister and sister’s brother. School fees for this and that. In one kind of way, we are drained.
“But it’s a drainage we accept and do not complain about.
“So when African players come to the World Cup, it’s not all about money, it’s because of the fact that most of them have (been made) certain promises and these promises have not been fulfilled.
“It’s very easy to apportion blame but it’s a general thing because the situation is different. My mailbox is full with questions about this issue.”
The former Super Eagles captain who had 63 caps for Nigeria and is now a member of the FIFA technical group at the ongoing World cup feels an African team can win the World cup if on field issues are addressed properly.
“We have the quality. Ghana were within one penalty (in a shootout) of reaching the semifinals four years ago. But what we need is a solution so that everyone is satisfied before the tournament starts.
“It’s going to be better for everyone if we don’t have to talk about off the pitch issues. Personally I find it very painful.”
Do you think the Black Stars deserve the money they got? Do you think Oliseh is right with his claims? Make your views known in the box below:

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ogya says:

    Oilseh, you may be right but do not forget the fact that, these players are ambassadors of their various countries. Others are looking for such opportunities but it eludes them. Your country sponsors you abroad to represent them and all that you do is to go there and disgrace your motherland because of money. What a shame!!!!!!!

  2. banger says:

    OGYA I AGREE WITH OLISAH THIS IS AFRICA.IF U DNT GET YOUR MONEY RITE AWAY THEY WILL KEEP TORSIN U EVERY DAY. I BLAME THE STUPID GFA.ALL THE PLAYERS SHOULD HAV GOTTEN PAYED EVEN BEFORE THE US GAME.BESIDE THE AFRICANS TEAM DO U EVER SEE ANY EUROPEANS PLAYERS COMPLAININ BOUT THEIR MONEY.ITS A SHAME HOW THE
    WHOLE WORLD IS LOOKIN AT GH. ALL THIS COULD HAV BEEN SOLVED FRM THE BEGINNIN. IF U PAY THE PLAYERS THEY WILL GO ALL OUT.

  3. Elie says:

    This man is right,we are in Africa and our mentality is different from that of the Europeans

  4. jerry says:

    my question is why didn’t the FA and his people give the money to the players when they camped in Ghana here before they broad a plane to Holland and play that friendly match and again why is that we were paired in the same group with USA and we want ahead and camp in their territory i dont get it this shows how our leaders who is handle our football are more corrupt and corrupt so do we think the way America and IRAQ dont get along and American is going to a war then they will go and camp in their enemy territory that’s possible they FA knows the reason why they want and camp in US we should investigated them our US game it could they sell it and Portugal game too

  5. Nkrumah, The only True Ghanaian says:

    Elie, What about the mentality of the Iranians or Hondurans? Do they have the same culture as the Europeans? Right is Right, period! I live in the US, and my esteem is so down because of all these shananigans that I cannot even wear my collection of Ghana jerseys anymore. Losing to the US is one thing, but engaging in such embarrassing acts is another. It is a reminder of what I overheard a European saying some years ago, “Once again here goes Africa’s talents going waste because of poor leadership. There is no difference in the human race but discipline. The keyword is “Discipline.” And it is something we lack dearly in all walks of life. If this were any other country, such as Japan, the leadership involved would not only have resigned but commit suicide because of the shame they may think they may have brought on their country. In Ghana, it is the contrary: from the minister to the GFA chairman, to the coach, to the technical bench, everyone is trying to hold on. Aren’t countries, such as Honduras, given the same money as Ghana? What happened? They were also eliminated in the 1st round but returned to Central America with pride. Sam Walton once said, “Take care of the business and everything will follow.” In Ghana, we think of money first before nation. Where are the ideals Osagyefuo instilled in us? You may call him what not- Dictator, communist etc., but not CORRUPT. For now, at least, until let go of the current football administration, I would personally wish to be a Greek, Honduran, Ecuadorian, and Iranian. Paining not to be the proud Ghanaian that I am, wanting to wear my colorful Ghana jerseys and fly the beautiful flag as John Paintsil did.
    I am in pain.

  6. Superjam30 says:

    @Banger, you are incorrect.. Europeans teams also have this problem and not only the small ones, for example Spain.. Before the tournament began they were offered 700.000 appearance fee each (very high, and especially in a country having economic problems) some players refused and wanted more so Casillas, Xavier,Iniesta and I think Ramos went to the board to demand higher.. The German team, very rich Rich and stable country, get 3x less than Spain.. See were the two teams are now in the tournament .. Smh

  7. chris opoku says:

    OGYA, why you don’t wake up in the morning and clean the gutters that has been chock in your community bcos your a ghanaian or give your pay to street kids if your working bcos their ghanians without parents?

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