Ghana President John Mahama announces GHS 1.7m cash package for ex Black Stars players

Rev. Osei Kofi (L) to be one of the beneficiaries of the President's pledge

Rev. Osei Kofi (L) to be one of the beneficiaries of the President’s pledge

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana President John Mahama has pledged a GHS 1.7m (about $571,910) ‘token’ to be shared amongst former Black Stars players who won laurels for the nation.

The amount will be shared amongst members of Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations winning squads of 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982, the President has instructed.

This pledge was made by the President during a state ball to bid the Black Stars farewell as they embark on their third successive campaign at a World Cup this June in Brazil.

“I salute these heroes from the 1963, 1965, 1978 and 1982 squads that won laurels for Ghana in those days,” President Mahama said at the state function.

“It is said that a nation that does not honour its heroes is a nation not worth dying for.

“I don’t believe in curses and I don’t believe that any of you has cast a curse on this country.

“As a token for our gratitude for the service you gave to your country, I wish to assure you that your services have not been forgotten and I have asked the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Finance to make GHS 1.7m available for you.

“As a token of appreciation for the work you did for us during this period and I hope that you will accept for those of you alive and for those of you gone, the families will accept the little that will be shared amongst you as a big thank you from the government and the people of Ghana.”

The President’s pledge has comes in handy following series of complaints from ex players of unfulfilled promises by the state after bringing joy and honour to the nation through past Nations Cup triumphs.

Some of these heroes are now living like paupers while others died miserable deaths over lack of resources to foot expensive medical bills.

They will now have something substantial on which to build their lives on while the families of those who have passed away benefits from the sweat and toil of their relatives who served the nation with distinction.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Ken says:

    Thank you Mr President. God bless you, God bless Ghana.

  2. Assemblyman says:

    Good but I hope sharing is based on fairs.As we have seen instances of budgeted government monies supposed to go help the media.Which had been deliberated on passed by parliament.but in the final third only landing with 4 or 5 journalist including happy fm sports’ broadcaster joe debrah.whiles a majority of the money went to NDC serial callers.Glad am not even paying a majority of my taxes in Ghana.some of these makes us sick.but I hope this explayers monies works out fine..

  3. Kwaku says:

    Mr. President thank you for remembering these old Players that etched the name of Ghana in the hearts and minds of people. However, you made a statement I disagree with considering the fact that you are from Assemblies of God. Did you say you don’t believe in curses? Then I bet you also don’t believe in blessings either. Both can be provoked by our actions and inactions. ‘Mr. President this is the first time I am commenting on anything you have said publicly but on this subject probably you need further and better education before you speaking. It is an issue of faith and I respect your opinion but for the fact that you profess to be a Christian we have a common ground on issues of this nature. Curses exist and if you provoke it, you get it. Only last week Benfica football club failed to win the Europa league after appearing in their 8th Final. Please do a little research and you would be told of the coach that cursed the club for 100years. A dimple google search would tell you something. Finally, the present challenges in the country might even be the sign of a certain kind of curse oooooo.

  4. 123 says:

    1,700,000. Let as assume 22 players made the squad for each of the period under consideration. Then we need to share the money among 88 players. So each player/family would take home GHS 19,318. That’s alot of money. Well done Mr President. But we hope the money would be paid this year due the to rising cost of living.

  5. Lord Dennings says:

    This is a beautiful thing, but Mr. president there are still people who have not been compensated from the National Reconciliation. We hope that adequate efforts would be made to ensure that those done raw with the Rawlings administration are compensated for the various atrocities committed against them. People need help to realize our Democratic State

  6. Benito says:

    wrong,wrong,wrong…this money sharing thing is dead wrong,because I know that some of the players and their beneficiary will not get the money and people will agree with me.it’s good to honor our heroes but believe me some will collect the money “chop” it and back to square one.set up a fund that all those that ever played the black stars can draw a monthly allowance from.if it’s well managed it will work.and how about erecting a statute of all those that won four nations cup for Ghana at the various stadia in the county??

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