Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi has revealed Black Stars players have rejected the Sports Ministry’s proposal to pay a match bonus of US$ 5,000 at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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 told Montie FM on 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.”