The Minister of Sports Kofi Humado has appealed to players of the senior national team to bear with the government as the Black Stars are billed to receive $12,500 as winning bonus per match at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
He said the winning bonus remains unchanged due to pressure on the national kitty coupled with the fact that Ghana is just returning from a general election.
“We know that the expectations of the team were quite high but the rates that government has provided is the rate that we provided for the last tournament in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea,” Humado said when the team paid a courtesy call at the presidency.
“This is because normally we should have these games every two years, but because of some realignment at the Caf level we have had to have the 2013 tournament back to back with the 2012 tournament. This has put tremendous pressure on the funds of government. We all know we are just recovering from an election where a lot of money was spent.”
The Ghana FA initially pegged the winning bonus at $17,000, but had to be slashed per the reasons given by the Sports Ministry.
However, with the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation coming on board as the new headline sponsor of the four-time African champions, the players could receive extra bonuses.
The team would be leaving for pre-tournament camping in Abu Dhabi in the UAE as they prepare to face Mali, Niger and DR Congo in Group B.