Bonuses paid Ghanaian footballers after representing the senior national team has always been a topic of discussion.
Prior to the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), an early decision to reduce winning bonuses of the Black Stars by 50 per cent was reversed, meaning the team was earning up to $10,000.
Other reports suggested that the amount was increased to $15,000 in a bid to motivate the team to beat Tunisia in the Round of 16 clash last year.
During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the Ghanaian team was thrown into global media interest as players reportedly ‘revolted’ over unpaid bonuses.
Such decisions have always been criticised by some section of the citizenry as well as media with players being branded ‘unpatriotic’ and money-conscious when representing Ghana.
But a recent interview by Ghanaian football legend Abedi Pele will tend to make a case for the current crop of Black Stars team.
The three-time African Footballer of Year winner revealed bonuses paid them after beating Nigeria in the semifinals of the 1992 AFCON on GTV Sports Plus on Sunday.
”We were getting close but not US$ 10,000. I think we were promised US$ 5,000 and I said give us US$ 8,000 we can win the game. And the US$ 8,000 was given and the rest was history,” he disclosed.
Ghana went on to defeat regional rivals Nigeria 2-1 in the semi-finals but lost on penalties to Ivory Coast in the finals.
Abedi Ayew Pele was adjudged the tournament’s best player after a delightful showing.