Jerry Akaminko has leapt to the defence of John Boye six years after Ghana’s participation in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Following agitations over unpaid bonuses ahead of Ghana’s last group game against Portugal, the country made headlines after a whooping 3.5million dollars was flown to settle arrears owed players.
The Metz defender went viral on social media after being captured on camera kissing bundle of cash in the team’s hotel.
But former Heart of Lions player Jerry Akaminko in an interview with Citi TV said John Boye did no wrong.
“He wasn’t wrong [to kiss his cash],”
“The way football fanatics see these things is not the way we see it as athletes.
“For someone to work that hard and not get his money but receive it later at that time, it was a different feeling and I am sure he did that for the camera.
“John Boye has seen $100,000 before, maybe even more, Akaminko told Citi TV.
He instead suggested that the incident would have been curtailed if the players were paid on time.
“If the players had received their money [early enough], nobody would have seen John Boye kissing the money.”
Jerry Akaminko missed the 2014 World Cup after picking an injury in the warm-up to the tournament.
The Black Stars meanwhile failed to qualify from the group after picking just a point in 3 games, losing to 2-1 to USA and Portugal and drawing 2-2 with Germany.