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A spokesperson for the Ghana Football Association (GFA) - Ibrahim Saani Daara - has stated that players of the Ghana national football team - Black Stars - have decided to accept any recompense that will be offered to them as winning bonus at the ongoing 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2017) tournament in Gabon.

Mr. Daara made the revelation in an interview with Metro FM.

"The players have told us that they will take any amount that the nation is willing pay them as their bonus money. They met the management committee and told them this,"

According to Mr Daara, the players are hopeful that their decision will persuade Ghanaians that they are not in it for the money.

"They want to send a signal to the Ghanaian public that they are not playing because of the money and hence this decision. Whatever Ghana can pay, they will take it".

Some earlier media reports had claimed that the Black Stars players had appealed to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to restore their $10,000 winning bonus which was slashed by the former Sports Minister - Nii Lante Vanderpuye - under the erstwhile ruling NDC government.

Support from many Ghanaians for the national football team has waned in recent years following allegations of financial impropriety and huge payment of bonuses to the players at the 2014 World Cup held in Brazil.

The Black Stars mission to end the country’s 35-year old African Cup of Nations title drought will commence on Tuesday 17th of January, 2017 against Uganda at 4.00pm with their scheduled tournament opener at the Stade de Port Gentil in Gabon.

 

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