Sports Ministry slashes 2015 AFCON bonuses

GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi – What  options  next?

GFA president, Kwesi Nyantakyi – What options next?

The Sports Ministry has slashed the winning bonus package for Ghana’s squad at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations by reducing it from $10,000 to $5,000, according to local reports.

According to the new proposal, each player will receive a flat match appearance fee of US$ 5,000 per game at every level including the Group, Knockout and medal stages.

Also, the squad would be rewarded US$ 60,000 if they win the tournament in Equatorial Guinea.

Officials of the team which include management committee members will earn 30% of what the players will earn.

At the last tournament in South Africa, the budget included a US$ 10,000 for winning a match at the Group stage and US$ 15,000 in the semi-finals.

The reviewed financial package is what has delayed the 2015 AFCON budget.

Ghana begin their campaign on 19 January in Mongomo against Senegal before engaging Algeria and South Africa.

Meanwhile, The Ghana Football Association (GFA) is also to embark on some changes in the travelling plans of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations by axing individuals whose roles are not deemed crucial to the team during tournaments.

The changes, which will include ridding the Stars of individuals whose roles are not deemed crucial to the team during tournaments, are geared towards creating a pure football ambience for the players to perform.

Among those to fall casualties are Joseph Langabell, a known national drummer/entertainer of the team, and some media persons who have been perching with the national teams by sharing the same facilities, such as bus, hotel and even dressing rooms, with them.

“Apart from the 23 players and the technical team comprising, the head coach, his assistant, goalkeepers’ trainer, psychologist and welfare officer no other persons will be allowed access to the team at the 2015 AFCON”, a source has revealed.

“The Stars camp was hugely populated by persons whose roles were not appropriately designated and other hangers-on whose presence contributed to the confusion in the camp leading to the violent attack by Sulley Muntari on Moses Armah, a member of the Executive Committee of the GFA”, he said passionately.

He cited Michael Essien’s testimony at the Presidential Commission of Inquiry (PCI) to corroborate the Stars Management Committee’s plans to get rid of the undesirables ahead of the AFCON.

Michael Essien, a senior member of the Stars, who is currently suspended, had told the PCI that there were too many people around the team and that did not give the players the peace of mind to concentrate on the tournament.ghanasoccernet.com

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