Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah had admitted he has felt the stress of dealing with unrest within the camp. With threats of boycott, money troubles and chastisement regarding selection policy, the mood around the Ghana camp has been far from buoyant.
Much of the furore stems from the ambiguity as to whether the players would be paid their appearance fees.
Fellow Africans Cameroon refused to board their plane to Brazil until they were given assurances about their payment.
With players unsettled, and threatening to boycott their final group match if they did not receive payment, the Ghana FA, has sent a plane carrying $3 million to Brazil for the players to be physically. Each player is set to receive around $100,000.
“No coach would like his players to worry about money before such an important World Cup match. I have had some sleepless nights. These things should have been taken care of before the competition. But we are trying to cope with it," Appiah told reporters.
“The players will go out there regardless of whether the money arrives. It’s not about being rewarded for anything. It’s all about the appearance fee, which any country pays its players. This has nothing to do with being a professional. Players are entitled to this. FIFA pays this money to the countries. Ghana then pays it to the players. Some of the players don’t have an account in Ghana, which is why they’re flying in cash.”
Appiah’s selection policy has also been questioned. The 53-year-old elected to leave Kevin-Prince Boateng and Michael Essien on the bench, as well as his decision to shift Kwadro Asamoah to an ineffective left-back position and choosing Daniel Opare ahead of Samuel Inkoom and Harrison Afful for their first match.
Appiah and Kevin-Prince Boateng were said to be at odds over the Schalke man’s exclusion from the starting eleven for Ghana’s first group match against USA. The 53-year-old insists that all prior disagreements have been ironed out:
“Boateng fall-out? This has long been resolved. We sat down after the training and sorted things out. It’s not an ongoing issue,”
Despite the talk of unrest, Ghana’s players certainly seemed committed to the cause during their 2-2 draw with Germany. The Africans had every right to be disappointed as a win was firmly within their grasp.
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