It’s a stance which will make a lot of Ghanaians happy. Finally, a strong-willed ultimatum for the Black Stars players to accept what the taxpayer has to offer. Or leave.
The government of Ghana has mooted a proposal that will see a flat rate of $5,000 paid to players regardless of whether they win, lose, or draw a game in the coming 2015 Afcon.
The proposal has been strategically done before the squad is named by Avram Grant, after lessons were learned in the infamously World Cup fiasco where the team held the nation to ransom.
Putting the proposal forward at this time means that any dissenters will risk being called greedy and money conscious. “It is sealed there is no option to it. It is not the players that have to determine how we will pay them,” Ghana’s deputy Sports Minister Vincent Oppong-Asamoah is quoted by supersport.com as saying to Boss FM in Kumasi.
“They must show patriotism and win us the cup. “If you want to play for Ghana you must be ready to take this or leave it.” The proposal would replace the tiered bonus package which paid incremental wining bonuses for each game won as the tournament progressed.
This would mean that each player will get $30,000 for six games played if they were to make it to the final. The team would also be rewarded with an extra $60,000 – but only if they win the tournament. Hitherto, players took home winning bonuses of $10,000 at the group stage, $15,000 at the semi-finals, and more when they get to the final.
Many former players and officials have hailed this move as timely, considering the economic challenges facing the country presently.