Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah has confirmed media reports that midfielders Mubarak Wakaso and Afriyie Acquah failed to travel for Wednesday's friendly with Japan due to a slash in players' appearance fee, describing the incident as "unfortunate".
After linking up with the team for a non-residential training exercise in Accra last week, the two players were nowhere to be found as the Black Stars left for Japan on Saturday.
Media reports attributed their withdrawal to unhappiness over the money cut from $5000 to $2000 per game, but the Ghana Football Association neither confirmed nor denied the rumours.
“We were all supposed to leave Ghana for this friendly game but unfortunately they opted out of the team with reasons being that the allowances being paid is not what they expected,” Appiah explained, as reported by 442gh.
“The two of them, being senior players in the team, thought it’s important that they were spoken to by [management committee chairman Wilfred] Kwaku Osei 'Parma' before such arrangements.
“Their argument was that Parma didn’t talk to them [before the decision was taken], so they felt that they’ve been ignored.
“Personally, I think they should have told me that due to these circumstances, they were not going to travel with the team.”
Reports say Acquah later rescinded his decision to withdraw, but it was little too late as the team had already left the country.
And after failed arrangements to later join the team in Japan, he has decided to link up with the side in Iceland for Ghana's second friendly fixture on June 7.