The Ghana Football Association has denied media reports that Black Stars head coach, Avram Grant, is owed salary arrears of three months due to the freeze in funding from the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), headline sponsor of the Black Stars.
Some reports indicated that the recent disagreements between the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports had forced the Ministry to influence GNPC not to pay Grant’s salary.
However, the GFA said, in a statement released yesterday, that GNPC had not walked away from its contractual obligations to the GFA and the Black Stars.
The Israeli’s USD 50,000 salary is paid from the sponsorship allocation given by the GNPC to the GFA.
The Black Stars are due to play against Uganda in the first round of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in Tamale on October 7.
Below is the statement from the GFA:
The Ghana Football Association (GFA)’s attention has been drawn to media reports suggesting that the Black Stars Headline Sponsors Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has not met its contractual obligations regarding the emoluments of coach Mr Avram Grant.
We wish to put it on record that the report is inaccurate as GNPC has been steadfastly resolute and committed to its contractual obligations to the Black Stars.
We also wish to state that The Ministry of Youth and Sports has not sought to influence the implementation of the sponsorship agreement between GNPC and GFA.
The GFA wishes to assure Ghanaians that coach Avram Grant is in full charge of the Black Stars and has not expressed any desire of leaving his post.
GNPC is a highly valued partner of the Black Stars and has not reneged on its contractual obligations to the team since it assumed the role of the headline sponsor of the Senior National Team.
The GFA will continue to count on the support of GNPC in future for the Black Stars and other activities connected to sports in the country.
By: Citi Sports Desk');