Report: Ghana threatens to boycott match vs. Portugal

by Jun 24, 1:27 PM

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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Jun 25, 10:02 AM

Government sends $3-million cash to avoid Ghana boycott vs. Portugal

by Jun 25, 10:02 AM

In response to the Ghana national team boycotting training, and the increasing threat the side would abandon its final Group Stage match against Portugal, the Ghanian government has sent more than $3-million in cash to Brazil. 

The money was promised to players as World Cup qualifying bonuses that were supposed to be paid weeks ago. The appearance fees are said to be approximately $75,000 each.

According to the BBC, Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yamin told Ghanaian radio station Citi FM: 

The players insisted that they will want physical cash. The government had to mobilize the money and a chartered flight to Brazil. The money is in excess of $3-million.

With growing unrest and the threat of a boycott looming, Ghana President John Dramani Mahama personally promised the players that on Tuesday they would receive what was owed to them.

According to a statement from the Ghana Football Association: 

The government is pre-financing the payment of the Black Stars appearance fees which will be reimbursed when FIFA's prize money for Ghana's participation in the World Cup is paid after the tournament in Brazil.

Ghana need a win over Portugal on Thursday combined with a Germany win over the United States (or a U.S. blow-out win over the Germans), to advance to the Round of 16.

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