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    Default Unpaid National Teams' Bonuses Saga Settled

    The issue of unpaid bonuses of the various national teams may be over today because the Bank of Ghana was expected to release the money to the Ministry of Youth and Sports yesterday for payments to be effected.

    At the time of filing this report, officers of the Accounts Department of the ministry were at the bank to withdraw the money following approval by the various government agencies including the Ministry of Finance.

    Ministry of Sports sources told the Graphic Sports that government would spend close to $4 million in settling the players and their handlers.

    About $ 2 million is to be spent on the Black Stars alone, made up of $1.4 million being the appearnace fee in the Ghana-Uruguay match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, and a total of $600,000 being the promise made by President John Evans Atta Mills to the team after the mundial.

    In the breakdown, each player is entitled to $50,000. $30,000 will go to each player as appearnace fee in the Ghana-Uruguay match, and $20,000 each being the promise by President Mills for reaching the quarter-finals stage of the competition.

    Aside the Black Stars, government is also to pay each player of the senior women’s national team, the Black Queens, $3,000, the Black Satellites $4,000 each and $1,500 each to the Black Starlets.

    “Unless, the Bank says it has no money, these players should receive all their monies today to put the matter to rest,” the source said.

    Ghana earned a little over $11 million from the World Cup but the process of transfering the money from the Ghana Football Association accounts to the state delayed, coupled with some administrative bottlenecks.

    The source said the minister’s (Ms Akua Sena Dansua) apparent assurance to the Black Satellites during last Saturday’s final qualifying match for next year’s African Youth Championhsip in Lybia that the money was ready might have been informed by a similar assurance from government agencies that the “cash was ready.”

    The source expressed regret that some individuals had decided to add a political twist to the whole unpaid bonus issue but it gave the assurance that, government would not do anything to stifle the efforts of the teams.

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    Why all these lies coming from the Ministry of Youth and Sports ? They claim the bonuses have been paid then next, the monies is in the bank,then blah blah WTF ?

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