Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah and his backroom have finally been issued cheques to the tune of $147,000 in settlement of their unpaid salaries of three months.
Appiah, who returned to the Ghana national team job at the start of May, has had to endure an uneasy start together with his reconstituted backroom made up of Ibrahim Tanko (First assistant), Maxwell Konadu (Second assistant), Richard Kingson (Goalkeepers’ coach) and Stephen Appiah (Technical Coordinator), supervising three games against Ethiopia, Mexico and USA.
This was later confirmed to have been caused by the apparent withdrawal of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) sponsorship of the Black Stars from which the national team coach was paid.
The GNPC has now moved the scope of its sponsorship from just football to sports development in the country.
Last month, through the Sports Ministry, it was announced that the board of the oil exploration company had approved the allocation of $1.5 million for the development of sports with the money paid in two equal tranches.
Spokesperson for the Ministry, Elvis Adjei Baah confirmed that his outfit has decided to pay the Black Stars coach and his aides from the $750,000 GNPC money that had reflected in their account.
Breakdown of paid salary arrears:
- Total = $147,000
- Kwasi Appiah – $105,000 ($35,000/month)
- Ibrahim Tanko – $15,000 ($5,000/month)
- Maxwell Konadu – $15,000 ($5,000/month)
- Richard Kingson – $6,000 ($2,000/month)
- Stephen Appiah – $6,000 ($2,000/month)