Evans Opoku Bobbie, Ghana’s deputy Sports Minister, has come out with his outfit’s side of the unpaid bonuses saga at the ongoing Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament.
There have been reports in local media that the ministry has reneged on paying bonuses it promised the Black Galaxies before qualification and during the championship.
In reaction to the speculations, Opoku Bobbie in an interview with Success FM dismissed reports that the Sports Ministry promised to pay $,5000.00 and $10,000.00 as qualification bonuses to the Black Galaxies.
He revealed that the GFA presented its budget to the ministry regarding the Black Galaxies, but went ahead to promise to pay $5,000.00 to the players and $10,000.00 to the head coach when the Ministry had not approved it.
The deputy minister said the ministry approved $3,000.00 for the playing body and $6,000.00 for the head coach and urged the FA to inform the team but it realized that after 48 hours the FA was not able to do so.
He added that the Ministry can only pay what has been agreed on paper and not based on promise and that the officials at the GFA should have waited for approval before making promises to the players.