Ghanaian sports minister Isaac Asiamah has revealed that Black Stars head coach Charles Akonnor must take a pay cut before he can be paid.
The decision is largely due to the financial impact of COVID-19 which has affected several businesses and institutions globally with Ghana being no exception.
Speaking to Asempa FM, the Ghanaian minister revealed that the decision has been communicated to Akonnor.
“I have told the coach [Akonnor] to accept a salary cut in the Covid-19 period before we pay him”
“We cannot give him a full salary in the Covid-19 era, and we are waiting for a response from the FA”, Isaac Asiamah revealed.
The Minister who expressed high admiration for the former Wolfsburg captain said the head coach has agreed to Government of Ghana’s decision.
“The coach has agreed in principle to accept a salary cut in this Covid-19 era, it’s left with the FA to come out with the modalities for us to pay him.”
“He has shown leadership. CK has demonstrated quality leadership. I monitored his exploits at Kotoko. He has demonstrated clearly if Ghanaians back him he will deliver,” Asiamah is quoted by Goal.
Since taking over from Kwesi Appiah as Ghana head coach, Charles Akonnor who is on a reported $25,000 monthly salary is yet to lead the team to a competitive game due to the outbreak of COVID-19 which led to football suspension globally.