Sports Ministry justifies cash airlift to Rwanda

Vincent Oppong Asamoah,  Deputy Sports Minister

Vincent Oppong Asamoah,
Deputy Sports Minister

Deputy Sports Minister Vincent Oppong Asamoah has defended government’s decision to airlift cash to the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for the payment of the Black Stars bonuses ahead of their 2017 AFCON qualifier against Rwanda on September 5.

The act is in contradiction with government’s own rule in the White Paper on the Brazil 2014 World Cup that monies should never be airlifted to any tournament for the payment of remuneration of national teams or persons after investigations into the Brazil saga.

“We can’t throw the Commission’s recommendation away because some of the recommendations was that we could use the Embassies.

“We would definitely have to transfer monies to other countries (for the payment of bonuses) but the quantum may not be as high as what happened in Brazil. Because, it has always been like that $100,000 and $200,000 to enable the team to survive over there.

“How do you feed the team? They expect you to pay cash so how can you do things differently? That is the rule over there and all other countries are doing it,” Asamoah told Starr Sports.

Black Stars beat the Amavubi’s by 1-0 after thrashing Mauritius 7-1 to lead the group with six points.

Meanwhile,former Black Stars’ goalkeeper’s trainer, Abubakar Damba says he expects Adam Kwarasey and Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer Nasamu Yakubu to work perfectly after the goalkeeper confirmed his recall into the national team.

Adam Kwarasey is expected to make a return to the national team in the international friendly against Canada after 16 months out.

The 27-year-old goalkeeper claimed skipper Asamoah Gyan, and defender John Boye influenced then Coach Kwesi Appiah in replacing him with Fatau Dauda hours before Ghana’s world cup Group game against Germany in Brazil.

The Norway born Ghana international also questioned the capabilities of goalkeeper’s trainer Nasamu Yakubu before laying down his tools for his nation.

But Abubakar Damba who himself is a former national goalkeeper says a lot of water has passed under the bridge and player and goalkeeper should bond well.

“I think the most important thing at the moment is the nation,” Damba told Accra based Citi-FM.

“It’s not the time for individual ego’s and all that the player and coach should work together for the gain of the nation.”

“More so a lot of water has passed under the bridge and this should help them settle well.”

Ghana will take on Canada in an international friendly on October 13th in Washington.

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