Former Minister of Youth and Sports Elvis Afriyie Ankrah says he stands by his decision to enplane $3 million to the Black Stars during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Former Sports Minister under the Mahama Administration, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah believes the decision to airlift $3 million to Ghana Black Stars players at Brazil 2014 was a good move.
During the 2014 World Cup, the government sent the $3 milliom cash through a chartered flight to the Stars in Brazil,
This was after the players had threatened to boycott their remaining group matches over the delay in payment of their appearance bonuses.
The Black Stars had refused to fly out from their team camp base in Maceio to Brasilia for their then must-win clash against Portugal. The issue generated hullabaloo in the country.
But speaking to Citi FM in Accra, Mr Afriyie Ankrah, is quoted as saying: "I still believe it was the best decision because the players would have it no other way, so the action was taken to avert a worse scenario.
According to Mr. Ankrah, the level of trust between the Stars and the managers had dropped so low that the players were not ready to have any compromise aside receiving their bonuses in cash.
The aftermath of the Brazil debacle saw the President appoint a committee to look into the matter. The conclusions of the commission itself has been debated since 2014 to no successful end.
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Source: Yen Newspaper