REVEALED: Ghana FA begged FIFA for cash to avert Black Stars World Cup bonus crisis

FIFA has revealed that the Ghana Football Association desperately begged the world governing body for money to avert the bonus crisis in the Black Stars World Cup camp after promised money from the country's government failed to arrive on the promised date.

Ghana players were in a bonus row with the government after failed promises

 

FIFA has revealed that the Ghana Football Association desperately begged the world governing body for money to avert the bonus crisis in the Black Stars World Cup camp after promised money from the country’s government failed to arrive on the promised date.

Ghana’s cash-strapped football association has asked for an advance on the $8 million prize money it is guaranteed from the World Cup to pay outstanding debts to players, FIFA revealed in a statement.

With the threat by the Black Stars players of boycotting Thursday’s match against Portugal hanging around their necks and with promises of monies due the team not arriving in time, the GFA approached FIFA for a solution.

This came the players carried out their threat of boycotting team training on Tuesday which resulted in the GFA approaching FIFA.

FIFA said on Wednesday that Ghana’s request was “under evaluation.”

The Ghana players threatened not to play after promises by the sports ministry of their appearance fees to be paid did not arrive before the start of the tournament.

But they played the first two matches of the competition and the money failed to arrive before carrying out their threat to boycott the World Cup’s activities.

FIFA’s statement came at the time that Ghana’s deputy sports minister, Joseph Yamin, said on Tuesday that as much as $3 million in cash would be flown into Brazil from the West African nation to finally pay the bonuses to unhappy players and avert a possible player strike.

But the payment did not arrive on Tuesday as Yamin had promised and it looked like the Ghana FA had lost hope of the money arriving in time from Accra as previous promises of the bonuses being paid was not kept.

But the President of the country John Mahama personally intervened on Wednesday to ensure that the money was released which averted the crisis.

The Ghana Football Association insisted that the problem had been resolved after intervention by Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama, who had spoken to players and guaranteed they would get their money by Wednesday afternoon, the GFA said.

The players have now been paid so FIFA is not expected to action on the Ghana FA’s request immediately.

World Cup prize money — which ranges in Brazil from $8 million for being knocked out in the group stage to $35 million for winning the title — is normally paid after the tournament.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. voice of reason says:

    You west African teams are embarrassing us right,front and center.I think next world cup we need teams from the south like Zambia,south Africa and Angola..maybe they can do better and show some sanity!!

  2. Andy cole says:

    @voice of reason. what you’re saying true. But world cup we dnt choose to play , we play qualify b4 we participate. So if southern Africa wnt to play world cup ,they must upgrade their standard of play .

  3. texas says:

    @voice of reason…….and what is your stupid reason for mentioning Zambia the zombie land, South Africa and Angola in this situation. What good comes out of those countries apart from crime, war, and aids? What is with players demanding the monies due them? Foolish comment by a retarded zombie from zombie the zombie land.

  4. p.brains says:

    Thank u @texas s.a hosted where did they reach??

  5. Pasi says:

    When is this embarrasement going to stop???

    GSN why dont you post the current breaking news in camp!!!

    The whole world is laughing at Ghana. Unbelievable

  6. African Consciousness says:

    The Ghana FA does not need to ask for an advance from FIFA, this whole money issue is an embarrassment to Ghanaian football fans all over the world. This is an issue of discipline, the Ghana FA and the Coach must bring the players under control. There should be no discussion about money until the tournament is over. When I work for my boss, I do not tell them to pay me until the end of the month or after the job is done. The tournament is not over and the FA has not received any money from FIFA yet, so why are the players demanding money? I can assure you this whole money issue was seeds sown to disrupt the Black Stars and distract them from their main objective in Brazil and unfortunately as is usually the case it succeeded. I am sad to hear that two of Ghana’s best had to be sacrificed for team harmony to be restored.

    Where was the so-called team psychologist when all this agitation and unrest was brewing? Where was Stephen Appiah? He was brought on by Coach Appiah to handle exactly situations with the big stars who have big contracts in Europe. Ibrahim Sannie Daara and President Nyantakyi were trying to sweep issues under the rug during the team camp in the Netherlands.

    These issues started in the Netherlands when it was reported that KPB had brought friends to the team camp. If these things had been handled at the very begining instead of trying to cover it up it would not have festerred to this sad ending.

    Coach Appiah made a mistake in his first line up which caused the team to lose the USA game and unfortunately some of the team members never forgave him. When you recruit big stars like Michael Essien, Kevin Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, Kwadwo Asamoah, players commanding big money with their Clubs and reduce them to bench players there is bound to be trouble. It makes those stars look bad with their clubs and they are bound to rebel. Do not call them up unless you are ready to give them the star status that they have worked hard for and deserve.

    I have no choice but to support the FA in their decision to remove the two stars from the squad, because no matter what discipline has to be maintained in the team.

    When a shooting star falls from the sky another takes its place. The young and upcoming stars now have to step up and move the Ghana Black Stars forward. We are saddened by the loss of KPB and Muntari but discipline is tatamount to the success of any team effort.

    Ghana will not be deterred, the remaining players should keep their eye on the prize, give their all for God and country. The country is behind you, the whole continent is behind you, you can do it. “Yes you can”. The odds have become even greater but you have big hearts, you love the game and respect the game you will be fine.

  7. Shatta says:

    STUPID FA MEMBERS…WHERE IS ALL THOSE MONEY FROM THE SPONSORSHIP COMPANIES? NOT EVEN MENTION OF WHATEVER THE GOVERNMENT RELEASED…..I MEAN THIS IS NONESENSE..WHERE IS ALL THOSE MONEY?… ALL WHAT YOU KEEP TELLING THE PLAYERS IS TO DIE FOR MOTHER GHANA…
    DON’T YOU SOO CALLED EXECUTIVES MEMBERS OF THE GFA BEING PAID FOR THE JOB YOU’RE DOING?
    WHY SOO CALLED FOOLISH LEADERS OF THE GFA THINK ONLY FOR THEIR BIG STOMACH……..

    FIRE GO BURN YOU ALLL…..KWASIA FUOOO……FOOOLS

  8. ugly ghanaians says:

    poor…inferior…and backward country…. u should have asked glo for help as usual :D

  9. JAMES ROCK. AUSTRALIA says:

    What a shame! What a shame! Shame onto Ghana Sports Ministry. It is my first to heard this about Ghana, that players appearance fees has not been paid and the players and GFA are even begging FIFA for ‘IOU” or advance before they are even eliminated. What a shame!

  10. Nwa Naija says:

    Not good at all! We need to change!

  11. k. a. s says:

    Up Boating and Sulley, the world don’t understand you people so let the truth come out so that Ghana , Africa and the world will see the truth.

  12. voice of reason 2 says:

    Thanks for embarrassing the entire continent!!Ghana and Cameroon must be punished by CAF!..The Ghanaian’s talk to too much,..Iam an African but I’m glad u guys are out..imagine how much more embarrassment you would have brought upon our beloved continent if u had gone through?!From slapping officials,to insulting coaches,..And the Cameroon players need to be caged together with Suarez!Those guys turned the game into boxing!..so disappointed by these two African teams!!

  13. ALEX YEBOAH,HH. says:

    Well done,Kwasi A. for nothing.when we choose a BUSH TRAINER .this is the Best result.The GFA is CORRUPT like the Father FIFA. Shame unto U ALL.

  14. JasonX says:

    I think calling each other names on this platform is not getting anyone anywhere…the fact remains, Ghana are out!! Not least owing to their lack of discipline and mismangement and shortsightedness on the part of the GFA. Can we refrain from depicting ourselves as fecal hurling neanderthals and give this precious game the dignity it deserves.