President of the country’s football Association Kurk Orkau has disclosed that each player earned $2,000 during the Black Stars’ double friendly in October.
The Black Stars were beaten 3-0 by African Neighbours Mali in the first game before they recorded a resounding 5-1 win against 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in the second game.
Speaking in an interview with Nhyira Power Sports host Moses Antwi Benefo on Monday, Okraku confirmed that the players were not interested in the monetary gains but rather team building as the Black Stars prepare under new coach C.K Akonnor ahead of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.
“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.
“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.
Coach CK Akonnor will play his first competitive game in charge of the Black Stars next month in the 2022 African Cup of Nations Nations qualifiers doubleheader clash against Sudan.