New Ghana sports minister to pursue Black Stars bonus cut

Ghana’s incoming minister for sports Nii Lantey Vanderpuije looks set to proceed with ambitions of slashing the Black Stars wining bonus, as initiated by his predecessor Mustapha Ahmed.

The team’s remuneration has been an issue of intense debate over the past few months with many clamouring for a reduction due to the country’s current economic crisis.

And the new honcho reveals that the desire to equally satisfy all member sports associations could necessitate this process.

“We have 27 sports associations [and] they all have budgets,” Vanderpuije told Asempa FM.

“We have ¢22 million, ¢11 million is for compensation. Mine is to call all of them and inform them about how much we can disburse to each discipline.”

Currently receiving $10,000 per head as match winning bonus, the hullaballoo on the financial package reared its ugly head again during Ghana’s 2018 Fifa World Cup qualifying double-header with Comoros last November when media speculated an imminent slash by 50 per cent.

“When your children are many, you must take care of all of them,” Vanderpuije added.

“I can’t say I will reduce the Black Stars’ bonus but when we get there, and if what the GFA gets of the 22 million can continue to pay the current bonuses, then they can continue.

“Is the current bonus satiable? I hope the players can understand this, but if the players don’t want to play, then they can stop.”

The Black Stars will return to action next month when they take on Mozambique in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header.

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