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Black Stars players fight over bonus

Blacks Stars players caused a stir Tuesday when they refused to travel for a friendly game against Malawi because of a row with Ghana Football Association over bonus.

The disturbing piece of news comes just six days before the Black Stars play their opening game at the tournament against Togo.

“This bonus problem is disturbing our concentration and preparations for the Nations Cup,” a Black Stars player told Ghanasoccernet on the condition of anonymity.

Ghanasoccernet reports that the row has been brewing for the past four days after the players were told that they will not receive any bonuses for playing in the game.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) told the players that they will not earn anything from the game which seems to have infuriated the senior players in the squad.

CASH FIGHT ••• Essien and colleagues are at it.
CASH FIGHT ••• Essien and colleagues are at it.

While it is not the norm for players tobe paid bonuses in preparation matches towards a major tournament, the squad members seem to have been informed that the GFA will earn some cash from the game which prompted the action from the players.

But some officials of the GFA are said to have been flown from Accra to South Africa to help extinguish the stand-off and travel across the border for the game.

While some have branded the players as traitors who are only keen on cashing in rather than serving their country, others say the players have the right to demand their pound of flesh if the GFA gains some cash from the game.

It is not known if Ghana has agreed the bonuses for the players during the African Cup of Nations. But the issue of money if not checked could disrupt Ghana’s campaign at the tournament and shame the country the way Togo were disgraced at the 2006 World Cup. Ghana faces a tough challenge at the Nations Cup as they take on Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Togo in Group B.


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