Queens finally leave M-Plaza

Relief and departure at last – The Black Queens ended their stand-off yesterday

Relief and departure at last – The Black Queens ended their stand-off yesterday

The national women’s football team, Black Queens have finally checked out of the M- Plaza Hotel after receiving an improved offer of $5,000 through a presidential intervention.

This was after the team held a meeting with senior government official, Commodore Steve Obimpeh last Tuesday evening, where he assured them that their remaining outstanding bonus will be paid at a later date.

Commodore Steve Obimpeh led a delegation from the Flagstaff House to meet with the hurting Black Queens players who feel neglected following their heroics at the 2015 All Africa Games.

This was confirmed by the Assistant Operational Manager of the hotel Mrs. Leticia Sackey Addoo to Times Sports yesterday.

As at the time of speaking to Times Sports, she said two members of the technical team have submitted the keys to their rooms at the front desk while the players were with their luggage awaiting a bus.

Mrs. Addoo added that the management of the hotel had sent a letter to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) over the accrued bills of the team.

According to her, the GFA had also indicated that the letter would be forwarded to the sector ministry for a decision to be taken on the mode of payment.

The decision of the Queens to finally check out of the hotel was as a result of the timely intervention of the president who had instructed the Sports Ministry to immediately mobilize funds to settle   the outstanding bonuses owed the team.

The head coach of the team Yussif Basigi has also confirmed that the Queens left the hotel right after their breakfast.

Basigi said the ladies have since calmed down after they received an assurance from President Mahama to settle all outstanding bonuses upon his return from the United States of America.

The Queens for the past week have been in a stand-off with the Sports Ministry over their unpaid bonuses for the past years since their return from the All African Games (AAG ), where they won gold after beating Cameroun 1-0 to snatch the gold.

Each Black Queens player is owed $23,000 in outstanding bonuses but the Sports Ministry was only able to make an offer of $2000 which was rejected by the team.

By Jemima Kuatsinu & Enoch Ntiamoah

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