Stars reject MoYS proposed bonus

The Stars remained at a decent position despite a not-too-impressive performance

The Stars remained at a decent position despite a not-too-impressive performance

The president of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is reported to have revealed that players of the Black Stars have rejected the Sports Ministry’s proposal to pay a match bonus of US$ 5,000 at the Africa Cup of Nations.

But he added that the players are willing to play for free if nothing is done about the amount.

Before the naming of the provisional 31-man squad for the tournament, Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga is reported to have told the players, “take it or leave it.”

The players and officials are expected to meet and finalize a bonus structure for the Nations Cup before their tournament opener against Senegal on 19 January.

“The players met us and in our discussions, they stated that if this is the amount you want to pay us for each game at the AFCON, then you can keep your money,” Nyantakyi was reported to have told Montie FM last Saturday morning.

“The players are committed. They are not playing for the Black Stars because of money, but government has to pay them something for serving the nation so we will reach an agreement with them before they leave for Spain.”

Meanwhile, Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga says he will engage the Black Stars players if it is confirmed that they have rejected government’s proposal to pay them US$ 5,000 at the Nations Cup.

The Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi revealed the players had rejected the offer to pay them the amount either they win, lose or draw.

Ayariga says they will listen to the players if they are dissatisfied with the proposal but adds that their rejection is yet to be made official.

“I have read on the internet that the players have rejected the offer but that’s nothing official,” Ayariga said on Joy FM.

“I was with them at Lizzy yesterday and I didn’t hear anything.

“If it is true we will engage them and find a solution.”

Ghana’s Nations Cup squad will leave for their camping base in Seville, Spain on Sunday to prepare for the tournament which starts on 17 January in Equatorial Guinea.

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