Ghana Football Association (GFA) President, Kurt Okraku has revealed Black Stars players received $2,000 each as their reward for taking part in the two international friendly games this month.
The team played Mali and Qatar early this month in Antalya, Turkey. The first match against Mali ended in a shock 3-0 defeat.
However, it was a different outcome in the second game against Qatar, as Black Stars thrashed the Asian champions 5-1.
The games served as an opportunity for coach Charles Akonnor, who was handed the job in January, to finally make his debut as Black Stars head coach and also assess the team ahead of the return of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers in November.
“The players were paid $2,000 for the friendly games [unlike the $5,000 we used to pay after each game] because of the circumstance at hand,” Okraku said in an interview.
“However, let me hasten to add that the players were not interested in the monetary benefits, rather team building. This is because we are preparing a new team for the future,” he added.
The aftermath of the friendlies has not been good, with six players testing positive for coronavirus.
The GFA has, however, stated that it adhered to all COVID-19 protocols during the Black Stars’ international friendly matches against Mali and Qatar.
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