Deputy Sports Minister in Ghana Mr. Evans Opoku Bobie has disclosed that the Sports Ministry did not make any promise to pay $5000 and $10,000 as qualification bonus to the Black Galaxies.
Reports earlier suggested that, the Black Galaxies players had been promised $5,000 and the coach getting $10,000 as qualification bonus.
This did not sit well with the Sports Ministry and has been forced to clear the air concerning the various media reports a about the CHAN team in Algeria.
Speaking in an interview to clarify the issues and the reported row in the Black Galaxies camp he said, “The GFA brought their budget to the Ministry in relation to the Galaxies, promising the players $5,000 and $10,000 for the Head Coach when the Ministry had not approved the said amount.
“The Ministry approved of $3,000 for the players and $6,000 for the Head Coach and informed the GFA to let the team be in the known but after 48 hours, they were not able to do so”.
“As a Ministry, we cannot pay what has been promised but what is on paper. The GFA officials should have waited for the approval before they informed the players”.
“So the coaches informed us of some displeasure among the players and that was the reason we needed to come in to speak to the senior players [Awako, Barnieh and Danlad]. The players have each received their cheques of $3,000”, Evans Opoku Bobie explained.