Kwesi Appiah to receive salaries soon, says sports ministry

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The Black Stars head coach is yet to receive his remunerations since coming on board in May

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah is yet to be paid salaries or bonuses after taking over from Israeli Avram Grant in May.

The 56-year-old, who headed the team between 2012 and 2014, was handed a two-year contract and expected to earn $35,000 per month.

However, a change of leadership at Ghana National Petroleum Corporation, which pays the national team coach, has caused some delay in payment, according to the ministry of youth and sports spokesperson Elvis Adjei Baah, who assured that the coach would be settled soon.

“The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) is responsible for the payment of the head coach. To make it clearer, the sports ministry is not responsible for the payment of Kwesi Appiah. So we are not at fault for any delay although we have a role to play,” Baah told Ashh FM.

“There is a new managing director at GNPC and he cannot make certain decisions on his own. He has to meet with the board of directors in order to come to a consensus about certain issues. They are yet to hold their first meeting, hence the delay in payment. It is at this schedule meeting that they will deliberate on salary issues and then make the appropriate payments. I know that very soon Appiah will have his salaries fully paid as previously done to Avram Grant.

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“GNPC will also want to indicate that there is that strong commitment towards continuing the sponsorship package they have for the Black Stars. It’s just that formal things must be done,” he added.

Appiah's first competitive game was a 5-0 drubbing of Ethiopia in the 2019 Afcon qualifiers in Kumasi before losing to Mexico and USA in international friendlies last week.

Goal understands that aside Appiah, assistant coaches Ibrahim Tanko and Maxwell Konadu, as well as goalkeeping coach Richard Kingson are also owed by the government.

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