The Sports Ministry has indicated that they are ready to settle all the outstanding bonuses owed the female senior national team of Ghana, the Black Queens.
This was made known by the Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Pius Hadzide as he also revealed same for all the other female national teams namely the Black Princesses and the Black Maidens.
The Black Queens who won the 2016 African Women Championship are owed arrears in relation to bonuses and allowances to the tune of over $12k after former former Sports Minister Hon. Nii Lante Vanderpuye settled half of the$25k arrears when they publicly demanded that they will not leave their hotel rooms if they are not paid when they returned from the AFCON.
Hon. Pius Hadzide told reporters; “Yes some amount of monies was paid out of the $25k to the Black Queens and there are still some outstanding bonuses to pay”.
“We are making strenuous efforts to defray all those outstanding allowances”, the Minister said.
“These are debts that we inherited and they are hanging on our necks which we can’t ignore. We are doing all we can to defray all those debts. Be rest assured that very soon, the players involved will be paid”, he continued.
The Honourable Minister then called on the Black Queens to forgive them on the delay as they make attempts to settle all the debt owed them. He said; “Let me even say it is unfortunate that we had to allow the allowances of the players of the national team accumulate to such amounts”.
“It’s unfortunate and it is our view to prevent such things from happening again”.
He also reiterated that they do not like to make promise and not fulfilling them citing the Brazil hoodoo as an example.
“We do not believe in making promises to players and failing to honour them. We think it is better we don’t make the promises at all than making them and failing to deliver”, he indicated.
“We saw what happened in Brazil when the players kept saying that they kept receiving promises of having their appearance fees which never came erupting the shameful incident that happened”.
“We want to discontinue that trend”, he concluded.