Government will soon publish a comprehensive policy on the welfare of players of all the national teams including their wining bonuses and gratuity.
For a start, a five thousand Dollar flat wining bonus for players of the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, for all qualifying matches for the next editions of both the African Cup of Nations and World Cup has been announced.
The five thousand Dollar bonus is what will also be paid to the Black Star players during the 2019 African Cup of Nations football tournament to be played in Cameroon in 2019.
The Deputy Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzidze made this known in Kumasi during a media interaction.
Mr. Hadzide noted however, that, player bonuses in case Ghana qualifies for Russia 2018 will be discussed later.
He said, the government, in arriving at the latest decision, made broad consultations with many key stakeholders in the sports saying that the final decision was made in appreciation of Ghana’s current economic circumstances and the practices as are prevalent in other jurisdictions.
Mr. Hadzide also said, government has been paying the national team players in the Cedi equivalent of their entitlement through their respective bank accounts.
Touching on the performance of the Black Stars in their first AFCON 2019 qualifier against their Ethiopian counterparts, the Deputy Sports Minister praised the entire team including the technical handlers saying that James Akwasi Appiah has justified his selection as the new Coach because he acquitted himself very well.
He commended all the stakeholders with a special mentioned of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, and the media for the extra ordinary roles they played in either motivating the players of getting the supporters to fill the stadium in their numbers.
The Director General of the National Sports Authority, Robert Osafo Mensah, said, even though the patronage of the fans was huge, the expenditure accrued from the match was equally high.
Mr. Osafo Mensah spoke against the abuse of protocol especially by people who were given match complementary tickets but brought in additional spectators to create confusion.