Reports reaching Sports5050.com indicate that the senior male national football team of Ghana refused to board the chartered flight for their World Cup qualifier against Comoros Island due to agitation over outstanding winning bonuses.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports delayed payment of winning bonus for the Black Stars emphatic 7-0 win over Mauritius and were only forced to pay prior to the team’s game against Rwanda, following a meeting between the playing body and the ministry.
Meanwhile the Black Stars have also not been paid the bonus due them, since they edged their Rwandan counterparts 0-1 on September 5 in Kigali.
The standoff at the Kotoka International Airport on Wednesday night delayed the team’s chartered flight for clsoe to two hours as the captain of the team, Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Andre Ayew negotiated with officials.
Players of the team could be heard chanting “No money,no flight” in a situation that proved embarrassing for all involved.
The players only boarded the flight after an understanding was reached that all outstanding debts would be cleared before their second leg encounter on Tuesday November,17 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium.