26 June 2014

Ghana: Black Stars Demand Cash Before Key Match

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Asamoah Gyan celebrates his and Ghana's only goal in the match with Brazil.

Cape Town — The Ghanaian government has sent a plane carrying U.S.$ 3 million cash following the Black Stars' alleged threat to boycott training, BBC Sport has reported.

The report went on to say that the players "insisted" on the lump sum in cash payments due to not being paid for their performances yet.

Ghanaian radio station Citi FM says that the government had to mobilize the money and a chartered flight to Brazil after intervention by Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama.

The Black Stars must beat Portugal in their final Group G game to have any chance of staying at the World Cup although even a win would not be enough to put them through to the knockout phase if United States and Germany were to draw their match.

Ghana lost 2-1 to the United States and drew 2-2 with Germany, leaving them with one point and a minus one goal difference.

The players have assured that the unrest will not affect their perfomance in their decisive Group G game against Portugal, the Ghana Football Association said.

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