Unease among Black Stars?

BstrsPlayers of the Black Stars left Kigali without being paid their winning bonuses for defeating Rwanda in their 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.

The Black Stars had to dig deep to beat the Amavubis 1-0 on Saturday on an atrocious pitch at the Amahoro Stadium.

Spain-based Mubarak Wakaso curled in a free kick to seal the win with five minutes left on the clock.

But Ghana’s Sports Minister explained the country is not in a position to pay each player US$ 10,000 as winning bonus because of the current economic challenges.

The players are reportedly seething with rage of the repeated failed promises made by the Ghanaian authorities in recent times with claims of lack of respect rearing its head in the brewing episode.

The Black Stars only received their winning bonuses of $10,000 each, less than 24hours before the crucial tie against the Amavubi in Kigali last Saturday, two months after thrashing Mauritius 7-1 in Accra.

The figure became a silent ugly stand-off between the players and officials after deputy Sports Minister Vincent Oppong Asamoah made a sensation u-turn after publicly revealing the amount was to be slashed to $5,000.

The comment highlighted the confusion in the sports ministry as substantive Sports Minister Dr Mustapha Ahmed rubbished the claims of his second-in-command.

In what appears to be the real financial difficulties facing the nation, the players were told in plain language that the government could not pay the $10,000 winning bonuses for beating Rwanda due to the economic difficulties confronting the West Africans.

There are fears the emerging trend could destabilise the team and return the country to the dark days of how bonus-row disrupted team cohesion and unity.

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