Report: Ghana threatens to boycott match vs. Portugal

by Jun 24, 1:27 PM
REUTERS

Several reports out of Ghana are claiming that the national team is preparing to stage a boycott of its final Group Stage match against Portugal if World Cup qualifying bonuses which were promised to the players aren't delivered.

According to Joy Sports, FA spokesperson and former BBC journalist Ibrahim Sannie Daara has confirmed that the players have not received any compensation since arriving in Brazil. The same report suggests that Ghana players are currently refusing travel arrangements from their team base in Maceio to Brasilia until the situation is rectified.

This has led to President John Mahama's intervention, including a personal promise from the Ghanian leader that the unpaid $75,000 guaranteed to each player will finally be delivered by the end of the day on Tuesday.

If the team was to boycott the match against Portugal, Ghana would be sanctioned with a 3-0 loss, which would mean only a German win over the United States by two or more goals would give Portugal a chance of advancement to the Round of 16.

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