Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has congratulated the Black Stars B after winning the 2017 Wafu Cup of Nations and believes football hasn't retrogressed in the country like widely thought.
Following their 4-1 win over Nigeria in the Wafu Cup final, the Ghanaian team paid a courtesy call on the president at the Flag Staff House in Accra on Tuesday to present the trophy.
“I'm really delighted to have you here because you've brought a lot of joy to this house and also the whole of Ghana and we're here to congratulate you very warmly on your achievement," Akufo-Addo said, while addressing the players.
"A few days ago, before the results of your achievement [in the Wafu Cup of Nations], I was having an argument with somebody, who was telling me that Ghanaian football was on the decline and I said really, how?
"A country that has in the past produced players such as James Adjei, Baba Yara, Osei Kofi, Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah and Asamoah Gyan has run out of great footballers? That cannot be [true] and lo and behold, came the news that you have won this competition in this excellent style, congratulations," he said.
He added: "All of Ghana are very proud of your achievement and we're all very happy. We're expecting that you'll be the new players to bring a lot of success for us and going to see many successes from the Ghanaian side."
The president revealed that government has agreed to give the players additional $100,000 to the prize money they won after lifting the tournament to show appreciation to the team's efforts.
"I have been reassured by the vice-president who looks after our money together with senior minister that I can also add a bonus. So a token of the appreciation of the nation for this exceptional feat and excellent result, I'm also going to add another $100,000 to add to what have already been given."
Goal understands that each player will take home $6,000 as their bonuses while the technical team and management committee members share what is left of the $200,000.