Ghana Black Stars has received a major boost ahead of their 2014 FIFA World Cup playoff first leg against Egypt next Tuesday. The team's bonus has seen a 50-percent increase, taking it to 15,000 US Dollars for a win against the Pharaohs on Tuesday, October 15 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi.
This was announced by President of the country, John Dramani Mahama, when he visited the team at their training session on Wednesday at the national stadium in Accra.
"Whatever we should do to support you to win this match, we shall do and that is why you've been informed already that your bonuses have been topped up already, everything is under control and so we will do our bit," Mahama said.
The President also assured the team of the country's support in their quest to take a giant leap towards a place at next year's World Cup in Brazil.
The Black Stars has since arrived in Kumasi to fine-tune for the crucial match.
Ghana is seeking to complete a hat-trick of appearances at the Mundial after impressive outings in 2006 (Germany) and 2010 (South Africa). In both cases, they came out the as the best African representatives, reaching the second round in Germany and the quarters four years later at the ever World Cup on African soil.
The Black Stars have been dealt a major blow with midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng ruled out of the game due to injury.
Meanwhile, Egypt are said to arrive in Kumasi on Saturday, October 12 for the first leg encounter.
The second leg will take place on November 19 in Cairo with the winner qualifying for the World Cup.