The Management of the M Plaza Hotel, in Accra has denied reports in the media that they have sacked the Black Queens from their hotel.
The Queens are still lodging at the hotel after returning from the All Africa Games in Congo, where they won gold after beating their Cameroonian counterparts 1-0 in the finals of the women football match.
Assistant Administrative Officer at the hotel, Mrs. Leticia Sackey Addo confirmed to Times Sports that they received a letter from the Ministry of Youth and Sports last Friday to sack the ladies from their hotel.
“Even though we have a letter from the Ministry of Sports to get the Queens out of our hotel we still have not done that since it would not speak well of us and our country as a whole” she stated.
Mrs. Addo added that, the ladies are being well taken care of contrary to rumours that they are being denied certain basic amenitties.
She bemoaned the current state of the Queens and called on the sector ministry to give the ladies what was due them.
She pleaded that the ladies should be treated equally as their male counterparts describing the situation as frustrating.
In a related development, the National Women’s Organiser of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has called on President John Dramani Mahama and the sector Minister to ensure that the Queens are given what is due them.
She made the call when she paid a brief visit to the hotel to sympathise with the players.
She urged the ministry to pay attention to the demands of the girls and come to a compromise, rather than asking for their eviction from the hotel and pleaded with the Ministry to ensure that the Queens are well catered for at the hotel until the misunderstanding is resolved.
“I am disappointed at the treatment meted out to the Queens, this would not have happened if it were the Black Stars; they deserve to be treated well,” she added.
She asked Dr. Ahmed to render an unqualified apology to the team for the remarks he made last Wednesday, – the Sports Minister was reported to have said that if the Queens did not take what was offered them, the money will be given to the Princesses .
She congratulated the team for the success they have achieved and donated an unspecified amount of money to them.
The stand-off between the Queens and the ministry begun when the victorious team arrived in Ghana on September 20 and refused to accept the $2000 dollars reward for winning gold at the All Africa Games in Brazzaville, claiming they were owed over $20,000 each in back-pay for several qualification matches spanning a period of two years.
Despite several negotiations between the leadership of the team and the Sports ministry led by its Minister, Alhaji Mustapha Ahmed, there has been little headway in persuading the Queens to accept the ministry’s offer.
The situation got worse last Friday when the ministry asked the members of the team to leave the hotel for their homes since the ministry was unable to afford their continued stay and feeding at the plush M-Plaza hotel.
By Enoch Ntiamoah & Jemima Kuatsinu