Ghana and Newcastle winger Christian Atsu has defended the team’s stance to collect winning bonuses for matches played at the ongoing Afcon in Gabon.
The Black Stars players and members of the technical team excluding Avram Grant currently each receive an amount of 8000 USD as winning bonus.
In the weeks leading up to the tournament,discussions were held between the Sports Ministry,the players and the GFA on whether the current figure should be increased to 10,000 USD or maintained.
With the induction of a new Government, negotiations were not concluded before the team departed for Gabon and as a result it remains unclear the details and the structure of the team’s remuneration.
The Black Stars are still on the path to gaining back the trust and goodwill of Ghanaians following their wrangling over money at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil which attracted global media attention.
A large number of Ghanaians have asked that the Black Stars represent their country without expecting a monetary reward as a means of showing genuine remorse for their actions in Brazil.
Christain Atsu does not share in those sentiments,stating that the Black Stars like all other workers around the world enjoy being rewarded for their efforts.
He emphasized the importance of being rewarded appropriately due to the uncertain career span of footballers.
“Football involves a lot of money and its normal because we are carrying out our work.
“We deserve to receive money because at the end of the day when our careers are done we have to look after ourselves because the country will not do that for us.
“We want to win something for the nation.
“We know that there is money that has to be paid to us but we have to win something for the nation.
“That is what each and every one of us is fighting for and we don’t want to speak about the money,”he told a gathering of pressmen following the win over Mali.
Ghana top Group D heading into the final round of matches and will take on Egypt with the hope of finishing first.