Former Ghana Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah calls for reduction of appearance fee for Black St


has called for the reduction of appearance fee paid to Black Stars players during tournaments.


Ghana has paid appearance fees to the Black Stars at major tournaments since 2006 after qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in his history.


During the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, players of the senior national team boycotted training and threatened not to play the final group match against Portugal if their appearance fee was not paid in full.


However, Afriyie Ankrah, who was at the helm as the Sport Minister wants appearance fee paid to players reviewed.


“As a country, you need to have a balance between rewarding and compensating your players. It is their profession, yes, that’s what they live on but at the same time you have to also look at the current situation” he told Luv FM in Kumasi.


“I think that this huge appearance fee is a no no, so we have to balance it. Don’t forget that these guys are breadwinners, they have so many dependants and people who look up to them. So, you definitely have to give them something, but not such a huge sum of money like $100,000,” he stressed.


Mr. Afriyie Ankrah believes the players should be willing to play for their country and not be so concerned about the monetary aspect.


“Even more is the attitude; it should be more of the pride to play for your country and then you are given something decent which is agreed to by all the parties,” he stated.