BLACK Stars’ captain, Asamoah Gyan will this week announce a cash gift to the country’s female national team, the Black Queens, for winning gold at the 2015 All Africa Games in Congo.
The China-based attacker is credited for spurring the female side to victory at the competition which ended last Saturday by donating $10,000 before the start of the competition when they were in extreme financial difficulties.
The Black Queens were not paid their per diems as the competition started to cater for their basic needs, but Gyan invited the entire squad for dinner before donating the $10,000 that helped to boost their confidence.
Confirming the intended cash reward, 2015 All Africa Games heroine Portia Boakye disclosed that the Black Queens wanted to win the gold medal to honour Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan.
According to the striker, Asamoah Gyan inspired them and encouraged them to go for the ultimate when he visited the team and donated an amount of $10,000 ahead of the start of the tournament.
Boakye scored the winning goal for Ghana in the 88th minute with a left volley from a rebound when Agnes Aduako failed to put the ball behind the net from the penalty spot as they beat Les Lionesses 1-0 .
“Before the tournament started, Asamoah Gyan came to our camp and donated some money to us. He also encouraged us to go for gold so we were determined to win the trophy for him,” Boakye said in an interview.
“We were really motivated by Gyan. Most of us had not met him before so we were all ready to meet him. And he spoke to us in a way that will make us go for the trophy and we won it for him,” she added.
In another development, Ghana’s gold winning Black Queens are reported to have rejected the US$ 2,000 bonus for each player for winning gold at the just ended All Africa Games in Brazzaville, Congo.
In addition, they are demanding all their outstanding bonuses totaling about US$ 10,000 each accrued from playing in the All Africa Games and Olympic qualifiers.
The team arrived on Sunday morning and is expected to hold a meeting with Sports Minister Dr. Mustapha Ahmed over their remuneration at the MPlaza Hotel in Accra before breaking camp.
“As their name suggests, they are queens and should be treated with respect but what is happening with regard to their bonuses, leaves much to be desired. The girls are so disappointed to say the least and I hope the meeting with the sector minister will resolve the issue and give them what they duly deserve,” Chairperson of the Queens Management Committee Leanier Addy told Graphic Sports.
The Queens claim they were only informed about the bonus scheme after they had reached the final.
From Times Sports Desk