Ghana President John Dramani Mahama has decided to pay the ghana players their unpaid bonus which has seriously disrupted Ghana’s preparations for its decisive Group G game against Portugal on Thursday.
Ghana join Cameroon, and Nigeria in the list of Africa teams who insist on unpaid or rise in bonus.
Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu dismissed fears the team would boycott its final group game in the Brazilian capital, which the Ghanaians need to win to stand any chance of reaching the second round.
“We are not going to say we are not going to play because of the money,” Atsu said. “We love our nation and we are going to play for our nation.”
When asked what the players will do with the appearance-fee cash – reportedly between $75,000 and $100,000 each – if they receive it as planned on Wednesday, Atsu said: “I think we will keep it in our bags and we’ll just lock them. And we will transfer the money to our accounts.”
Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said he had been having “sleepless nights” over the issue which came to a head on Tuesday when the players and team management had a meeting instead of conducting a training session.
President Mahama “personally spoke to the players” to assure them they would receive the money, the Ghana Football Association said in a statement.
“Every player … knows it is his right,” Appiah said.
“The management and the government are trying to sort it out and everything will be sorted out in two or three hours’ time,” he added. “They should have received it before the start of the competition but it’s being solved now and we are really focused on the game now.”