Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah, says that he will soon start working towards the standardization of bonuses and all forms of financial rewards for the various national football teams.
In the last few years, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding the payment of bonuses especially to the Black Stars following the Brazil 2014 World Cup.
Players of the national team boycotted training during the tournament over the delay in the payment of appearance fees and that eventually led to a clash between Sulley Muntary and an executive committee member of the GFA.
Following that, fans and observers of the Black Stars have complained about the heavy amounts of money paid to the national teams in terms of bonuses.
Asiamah believes that there should be a clear understanding as to what players will receive when they are called to play for the nation.
“We need to have a new beginning so that when you are called, you know what you are going to receive and you either take it or leave it. It cannot be
that players come to camp and start negotiating. That should be a thing of the past.
You must know what you will get before you are called up.
We have identified our stakeholders and we are having dialogue. We are fine-tuning the process and soon, we will meet.”
During the 2017 African Nations Cup, Asiamah supervised a revision of some sort of the team’s financial rewards.
Before the tournament, the proposal to government from the Sports Minister was that the team should get USD 30,000 per player for qualifying from
the group stage to the quarter finals, USD 12,000 for a win in the semi-final and USD 15,000 for a win in the final.
The Minister’s revision, which was backed by the government, saw a 50 percent reduction of the various amounts.