By Ameenu Shardow
President John Mahama has ordered payment of a double bonus to the Ghana U-17 women’s team for excelling at the World Cup.
The Black Maidens achieved beyound measure by clinching a bronze medal at the tournament hosted in Azerbaijan.
The team have received plaudits from all angles of the Ghanaian society for their historic feat and were accorded an overwhelming reception upon their return to the country on Monday night.
The team then proceeded to the Seat of Government in Osu on Tuesday afternoon on the request of President Mahama – where the lavish financial package was announced.
“You would have received a bonus had you qualified for the finals,” President Mahama said.
“I have instructed him (referring to Sports Minister) to pay that bonus to you.
“Not only pay that bonus but then it should be doubled and paid to you.
“This is a small token to show appreciation of the nation for making all of us proud at the World Cup.”
Ghana became the first African women’s team to clinch a medal at the U-17 World Cup.
Almost all the members of the Black Maidens are expected to be graduated into the national U-20 team, the Black Princesses.