Former Black Stars defender Samuel Johnson ‘Foyoo’ has attributed the dwindling fortunes of the Black Stars to the nation’s criticism of the match bonuses of the players.
Ghana, four-time African champions failed to rediscover the impressive form in 2010 where the Black Stars historically booked a quarter final berth in the 2010 World Cup hosted on an African soil- South Africa.
A sorry defeat to Uruguay in the quarterfinals ended the Black Stars campaign at the tournament after displaying some great football throughout the tournament.
Ghana became the darling team on the continent following the quality of football displayed during the tournament.
However, the team lost the massive support they enjoyed from Ghanaians in the next World Cup staged in Brazil 2014. The players forced for the payment of their 100,000 dollars appearance fee which angered many football enthusiasts.
Many Ghanaians argued the players were not patriotic enough to be paid such huge bonuses.
Speaking to Kumasi based Akoma 87.9 FM the former Black Stars international stated; “I think our focus on the bonuses of the stars brought the team down. They didn’t have the support they used to enjoy during the World Cup. If you look at the injury situation of Akaminko while playing for Ghana, it tells you how dangerous the profession is.
“We were too focused on their bonuses and that made them lose the goodwill of the people.”