President orders Sports Ministry to pay Queens

The Black Queens in happier times

The Black Queens in happier times

PRESIDENT John Mahama is reported to have instructed the Sports Ministry to immediately mobilise funds to settle the outstanding bonuses owed the Black Queens.

Sources close to the Presidency have revealed that the Sports Ministry has been ordered to mobilise the funds, which they claim they do not have, to settle the Black Queens by yesterday.

This was after the President, who is in the US, had been thoroughly briefed about developments affecting the Queens.

The national women’s football team has refused to leave the M-Plaza Hotel in Accra since their return from the 2015 All Africa Games – where they won gold – over unpaid outstanding bonuses.

Each player of the Black Queens is owed an accumulated amount of $23,000 including outstanding bonuses from qualifying series running into years.

But the Sports Ministry offered each player $2000 on their return from the All Africa Games in Congo where they clinched their first ever gold medal in the competition.

Several attempts to have the team accept the $2,000 with the promise of settling the outstanding amount at a later date have proved futile, as the players remain adamant they want all their outstanding bonuses paid before they leave the hotel.

The stand-off has led to another embarrassing episode in Ghana football just over a year since the Black Stars infamously rebelled in camp at the 2014 World Cup over delayed payment of appearance fees.

Earlier, on Monday,Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi had visited the team at their hotel to assure them steps are being taken to address the problem.

The ministry has insisted that the national purse is drained as the Black Stars are even owed outstanding bonuses from their 2017 AFCON qualifier against Rwanda.

Government owes the Women’s National team, Black Queens, three years’ worth of allowances, it has been revealed.

The minister for Sports, Mustapha Ahmed, told Accra-based Joy FM that the Ministry is broke and cannot afford to pay the players.

“We have compiled all the debts. And these debts are not debts accumulated this year. They are debts running into three years back,” he said.

The Minister also revealed that his outfit’s financial standing is so bad that it owes the M-Plaza Hotel, which has housed the Queens since they returned from the All Africa Games in Congo.

Meanwhile, the GFA has taken over the cost of the prolonged stay of the Black Queens at the M-Plaza Hotel as steps are taken to address their bonus row.

The Sports Ministry which was footing the bills for the team’s lodging at the hotel, located in Roman Ridge, ordered for the team to be ejected from the hotel as they were incurring extra costs with their overdue stay.

From Times Sports Desk

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