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BBoy T
25th October 2010, 04:19 PM
Players of Ghana's Black Queens are grumbling over unpaid bonuses and allowances of their last two games that qualified the team to the 7th African Women Championship (AWC} commencing in South Africa later this month.

The Queens won 4-0 over two legs in their last qualifier against Senegal in May and the players say it is unbelievable to have their bonuses outstanding after five months of their success.

The Queens are entitled to a match bonus of 3,000 US Dollars, meaning the players are owed 6,000 dollars each as bonuses over the two legs.

The players told GNA Sports in Hanover in confidence that the team received only part of their allowances over the two legs, insisting very little have been said about when the rest of the allowances and their bonuses will be cleared by officialdom.

The players insist such delays and inconsistencies in payment kills the spirit of the team since in reality they think they must also enjoy the same benefits as the senior male team, the Black Stars noting that they are at par in terms of their ranks as senior teams.

They are quick to remind the GNA Sports that "after all, we played at the World Cup long before the Black Stars did and if we are at the same rank as a senior team, shouldn't we be given the same treatment?" They queried.

"Very often we are made to believe the Black Stars get so much because they have sponsors, that is understandable, but if what we deserve delay forever then we are tempted to think perhaps we don't deserve the same amount of attention and that is spirit killing," a player told GNA Sports.

The Queens are currently wrapping up their preparations in Germany where they beat BV Coppenburg, a Liga two side, 2-0 in their first test game on Thursday as the team seeks to put a final touch on preparation for the competition that the Ghanaians dream of winning for the first time.

Ghana's last test match will come against another Liga two side, FFC, Gutersloft on Tuesday, October 26.

Ghana are pitted in Group B alongside defending Champions, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Cameroon in the two-week biennial fiesta that qualifies the two finalist to the next FIFA World Cup billed for Germany in 2010.

Meanwhile,Ghana's Black Queens will participate the 7th African Women Championship in South Africa in six days time as the best ranked team in Group B.

Ghana with her ranking are the best in the group that houses defending Champions, Equatorial Guinea, Algeria and Cameroon in the two week women's soccer fiesta that qualifies the two finalist to the next FIFA World Cup billed for Germany in 2011.

The Queens, ranked second in Africa and 43rd in the world, will as usual travel to South Africa as perennial tournament favourites whose ranking was not even affected by the team's exit at the group stage at the last tourney in Equatorial Guinea.

Algeria per the rankings are better than the defending champions Equatorial Guinea and the Indomitable Lionesses of Cameroon.

Ranked fourth in Africa and 66 in the world, the North Africans' position is somewhat surprising, especially because they are considered underdogs in the women's game on the continent largely because of their exploits and pedigree.

Right behind Algeria in Africa is Equatorial Guinea who are fifth in Africa and 70 in the world despite being the defending champions and taking the competition by storm as host.

The Lionesses are the least ranked on the continent of all the four teams in Group B. Sitting at eighth and 76 globally, the physical Cameroonians may be underestimated at anyone's own peril.

Ghana has played in all but two of the last six grand finales of the eight team competition and will make another attempt at winning the tourney for the first team in South Africa.

Of all four teams, Ghana and Cameroon have played at every edition with the later being the runners up in the 2004 edition.

Equatorial Guinea were debutants in 2006 and won the tourney at their second time of asking two years on as host whilst the South Africa event remains Algeria's third appearance at the continental gathering.

Ghana plays her group opener against Algeria Africa on November 2.

(From Veronica Commey, GNA Special Correspondent in Hanover, Germany)

28th October 2010, 07:27 AM
what at all is wrong with our people? Select the right players, u wouldn't, the team struggle for a win, and u won't pay them, what in God's name is going on?

BBoy T
30th October 2010, 03:51 PM
The GFA is in crisis considering the fact that they haven't paid the Black Stars,Black Satellites,Black Maidens and even the Black Queens. The Black Queens coach was on radio saying they have been assured payment of their bonuses(LOL).

My question is, why the sudden interest in the financial affairs of the GFA by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, if the GFA was genuinely dispensing monies to the right "people" do you think the Ministry would have asked for the money from the world cup to be deposited in the Ministry's account for them to disburse it ? Something reeks to the heavens.