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The president has instructed authorities to double the additional benefits of the bronze-winning girls for making Ghana proud at the Under-17 Women’s World Cup

President John Dramani Mahama has ordered the Ministry of Youth and Sports to double the bonuses of the Black Maidens for winning bronze at the Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan.

The Black Maidens will now be rewarded by twice the amount each member would have received if they had won their semi-final match against France.

President Mahama made the disclosure in a meeting with the girls at the seat of government and explained that he was of the conviction that the reward will motivate the team and hoped that other teams will strive for excellence.

President Mahama said the players, although young, displayed skills and sense of purpose which took them far.

“You would have received a bonus had you qualified for the finals, but I  have instructed the Sports Minister to pay that bonus to you. Not only pay that bonus, but then it should be doubled and paid to you. This is a small token to show appreciation of the nation for making all of us proud at the World Cup,” President Mahama said.

The players will now receive $3, 000 each. The Black Maidens beat Germany 1-0 in the third place play-off on Saturday.

They become the first Ghana women’s side to chalk that feat in any Fifa women’s tournament.