- Kwesi Appiah and his technical team have all not been paid since their appointment in April
- According to the Sports Ministry the GNPC, the lead sponsor for the Black Stars are yet to decide on whether to renew contract or not
The rumour that Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah and his technical team members have not been paid since their appointment in April 2017 has been confirmed by the Sports Ministry.
Reports were rife in the media that Kwesi Appiah’s monthly salary of $35,000 has not been paid since his second coming as Ghana coach.
But the spokesperson for the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Elvis Adjei Baah said the ministry is not responsible for the salaries of the Appiah and the technical team members.
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He further explained that main sponsor of the Black Stars, Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is responsible.
“… That is the role of GNPC.” The GNPC has delayed because there is a new managing director and board who are yet top meet to decide and approve the budget for the Black Stars.
“When the new technical team of the Black Stars were appointed, we [Sports Ministry] wrote a letter to GNPC to update them. They replied and made us aware that there is a new MD and a new board as well and that they will hold their first meeting somewhere next week and that’s when they will discuss this issue,” he said.
“Now the new MD cannot make certain decisions on his own, he has to meet with the board in order to come to a consensus on certain issues. They (the board) are yet to hold their first meeting and it is during that meeting they will deliberate on this salary issue and then make the payments.’'
Coach Kwesi Appiah and his technical men officially started work on May 1. He has played three matches with the team so far. Lost two and won one.
The GNPC in 2013 signed a $3m annual deal sponsorship deal with the Black Stars.
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