Black Stars AFCON bonus is not the team’s main focus in this year’s tournament, rather; it is on proving themselves again to Ghanaians
Ghana’s Black Stars have agreed to accept any amount as their winning bonus from the Ghana Sports Ministry, at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Gabon. The Black Stars have expressed remorse over the uncultured attitude they exhibited two years ago during the last AFCON tournament.
The Black Stars have lost the massive support they used to enjoy from the people of Ghana, after the playing body boycotted training during the 2014 FIFA World Cup over the delay in the payment of appearance fees.
But ahead of this year’s AFCON, prominent players of the national team, including veteran player Stephen Appiah, Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew have pleaded for a renewed support for the Black Stars, asking that Ghanaians forgive them and forget the past.
Reports also reveal that the team has agreed to accept any offer made as the Black Stars AFCON bonus this time. This was revealed by the Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Sanni Daara. Mr. Sanni Daara who spoke to Metro FM, indicated that the playing body of the Black Stars, will take any amount the nation will offer them as winning bonus.
Mr. Daara revealed that striker Asamoah Gyan and his teammates, met the management committee of the Black Stars and told the committee that they – the players – are ready to take whatever amount the nation can pay them as bonus. The GFA Communication Director says the Black Stars AFCON bonus is not the team’s main focus in this year’s tournament rather, it is on proving themselves again to Ghanaians.
The 2017 African tournament has already begun and Ghana is already warming up for their first game, as they hope to end a 35 year wait for a major trophy. Ghana who finished up as runners up at the last edition of the AFCON, will open group D’s fixture with Uganda on Tuesday, by 4 p.m local time.
It is still not certain how much the Black Stars will be taking after winning a game. But it is important to note that the team who initially took $10,000 as match winning bonuses, suffered a pay cut under the previous Government. The amount was reduced to $8,000 as against the usual $10, 000 they’ve been taking since 2006.