Ghanaian president Nana Akufo Addo has vetoed a USD 10,000 (Kshs. 1m) winning bonus for the country’s national football team the Black Stars in a bid to rally the team towards claiming a first AFCON crown in 37 years.
The four time African champions have qualified for this year’s continental showpiece to be hosted by Egypt and will play host to Kenya, who also have qualified, in the two teams final qualifier for the tournament this Saturday 23 March in Accra, with the president’s pledge expected to roll out with the match.
Reports in Ghana claim that the decision to offer incentive to the team that last claimed a Nations Cup in 1982, was reached upon when the team’s captain Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Andre Ayew held a meeting with Addo this week in the lead up to the Kenya game.
The team was earning the same amount whenever they won a game up until 2017 when the government decided against it and slashed the bonuses by 50% during that year’s Nations Cup held in Cameroon.
With 24 players called-up to the team for the Kenya game by head coach Kwesi Appiah, it means that if the monies are restricted only to players then a single player will walk away with roughly Kshs. 40,000 if the team wins on Saturday.