Black Stars players earned $2,000 after friendly against Mali and Qatar, GFA boss reveals

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The country’s football association boss has revealed that each player pocketed $2,000 during the Black Stars’ double friendly in October

Ghana Football Association president Kurt E.S Okraku has revealed that each Black Stars player took home $2,000 after the friendly matches against Mali and Qatar in Antalya, Turkey two weeks ago.

The Black Stars suffered a 3-0 humbling against Mali in the first game before they thrashed Qatar, who will he hosting the next World Cup 5-1, in the subsequent game.

In an interview with Moses Antwi Benefo on Nhyira FM’s Power Sports on Monday, Okraku affirmed that the players were not interested in the monetary gains but rather team building as the Black Stars prepare under new coach C.K Akonnor ahead of 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and 2022 Fifa World Cup qualifiers.

“The players were paid $2,000 for the friendly games [unlike the $5,000 we used to pay after each game] because of the circumstance at hand,” Okraku said.

“However, let me hasten to add that the players were not interested in the monetary benefits, rather team building. This is because we are preparing a new team for the future,” he added.

Ghana will play their first competitive game under Akonnor next month as they are billed to face Sudan in the Afcon qualifiers at the Accra Sports Stadium.

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