Ex-Sports Minister reveals Black Stars players demanded US$120,000 as appearance fee

Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah

Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah

By Rahman Osman

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Former Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah has revealed that Black Stars players demanded U$120,000 each as appearance fee to play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

He made this revelation when he appeared before the Commission of Inquiry on Wednesday morning.

Afriyie-Ankrah further disclosed that series of meetings took place before the players were paid an astronomical US$ 100,000 as appearance fee.

“The FA brought in their budget and it was US$120, 000 as appearance fee for the players, but I knew it wasn’t going to fly, so I protested,” Afriyie-Ankrah said.

“The FA then returned with another proposal of US$100,000, which I thought was normal based on the fact that at the last World Cup in South Africa the players received less, and submitted these proposals to cabinet.

“But cabinet upon further deliberations, decided that even the US$100,000 was too much as they can only afford US$ 82,500 for each player.”

At the tournament in Brazil, the payment delayed and that led to players boycotting training session.

Government had to fly in cash before their final Group E match against Portugal which they lost 2-1 to exit the tournament.

 

 

READERS COMMENTS

  1. musa says:

    AA is a stupid coach big time. why did he leave Boakye yiadom out of the qualifiers. The guy has scored 9goals in the preseason compared to other players… AA will fail again

  2. fish says:

    @Afriyie,they demanded $120,000 and so what?.Were you not the ones secretly behind this demand,so that you,Nyantakyie and his cohorts could also get your share.Asshole.

  3. Murtala says:

    So what they deserve it and what are the officials taken $82000 for.

  4. Schywee says:

    if Diaraa has anything to do with GSN, then its a shame..bcos leaders protect their followers even if it means taking the fall …but Diara the denier’s GSN only publishes that which point fingers at players and protect leaders…..is this the kind of leadership Ghana wants? no where in the minister’s statements according to your quotes do i see the emphasis on player demands…rather he states FA demands….since when did FA become players only? the minister kicked against the 120k…but i don’t see the same thing stating that the GFA kicked against it?…actually it says by you that the FA went and returned with 100k…where do we see players demands in here???

  5. Abo says:

    Yes AA is really stupid for leaving out Richmond Boakye Yiadom, what a foolish coach we have

  6. xoxoKSxoxo says:

    Yep, Cameroon had about $104,000 and Nigeria I believe got about $120,000. The fee they asked for was within reason or at the very least not too far from acceptable.

  7. milo23`` says:

    THIS SERBIAN COACHES DONT RESPECT GHANAIAN’S

  8. milo23`` says:

    why do we lower ourselves to this Serbian Coaches with know respect for our leaders. they use our platform to make great impact later they ran for big money and they fail and eventually SACK from their work

  9. milo23`` says:

    why do we lower ourselves to this Serbian Coaches with know respect for our leaders. they use our platform to make great impact later they ran for big money and they fail and eventually SACK from their work

  10. ayekoo…. ankrah n nyantakyi . God will punish u for spending our moni anyhow .