President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, says his outfit will stop the payment of bonuses in the future to players of the nation’s male U-17 national team, Black Starlets.
The recent crop of Black Starlets players who took part in the African U-17 Championships and the World Cup in India were given USD 8,000 as rewards for the exertions in the two tournaments.
Ghana finished second in the African tournament but finished in the quarter finals in the world tournament after losing to Mali.
The finances handed out to the players led to a lot of public debate and Nyantakyi has revealed that the move will not be repeated in future.
“We agree that we need to focus on the necessary things of life and for the young players, these things are food, clothing, shelter and education.
We should move away from the practice of giving young players thousands of dollars. These boys tend to misuse the amounts of money given to them.”
A new crop of U-17 players is set to be put together for the qualifiers for the 2019 African U-17 tournament which will be played in Tanzania.
A host for the 2019 U-17 World Cup is expected to be determined by FIFA by the close of 2017 or early 2018.