QUEEN mother of the Tapa Traditional Area in the Biakoye District of the Volta Region, Nana Obrim Apreko I has appealed to the Minister of Youth and Sports (MoYS) and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to settle the financial issues between them and the Black Queens amicably.
Her appeal followed similar concerns expressed by a section of Ghanaians and civil society groups over demands by members of the team that the state settles its indebtedness in full.
The MoYS had indicated that its financial position makes their request impossible, hence their earlier offer of US$2000 as a reward which was turned down by the team.
An upshot of that was the failure of the Black Queens to leave the M-Plaza Hotel where the team was camped after their gold winning heroics at the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.
But while commending the girls for the honour brought to Ghana and Ghanaian women by extension, she urged the Youth and Sports minister, Dr. Ahmed Mustapha to find ways of ending what could bring disgrace to the nation.
According to the Tapa queen mother, owing the Black Queens to the tune of US$ 23,000 in unpaid bonuses was not healthy for the country.
“The situation is so bad that players have threatened to retire or quit the game completely. That is not the best way to go. They are bread winners for their respective families so whatever is owed them must be settled to also see to their responsibilities,’ she said.
Nana Obrim Apreko urged the sports authorities to treat the women fairly just as they do with their male counterparts, adding that, ‘that is what will motivate them to win more laurels.’
Meanwhile, President John Mahama was yesterday reported to have instructed the MOYS to immediately mobilise funds to settle the outstandanding bonuses owed the Black Queens.
By Enoch Ntiamoah