The players felt they were treated like kids- James Kwesi Appiah

Published on: 13 February 2020

Former Black Stars coach, James Kwesi Appiah made a huge revelation on what happened to the players regarding bonuses before and during the FIFA 2014 world cup in Brazil.

He also revealed that Ghana would have clinched a victory over Portugal in the last group game to advance if not for the bonuses issue.

Ghana bowed out of the 2014 FIFA World cup with just one point taken after losing to both the USA and Portugal.

Despite numerous meetings with the team’s management and the Sports Minister, the players left their pre-tournament camp and arrived in Brazil without receiving payment.

“It started in Holland. The players had a meeting with management requesting their money and were told that it would be given to them in the USA. The players got to the US but the money was not given to them,” Kwesi Appiah revealed.

He added: “They had another meeting with the Minister [of Sports] and were told that by the time they arrived in Brazil it would be there but it never arrived, not even before our first game against the USA. The players felt they were being treated like kids. You can’t say one thing to them and the next day you say something different”.

He also revealed that the players had had enough of their treatment and decided to make a bold step.

“It got to a stage where the players said it was becoming too much and they needed to put their foot down and that’s how come they refused to train before the Portugal game.”

“If before the Portugal game, things had been done earlier and the players were focused and psychologically prepared for the game, automatically, we would have earned something. But a team cannot go on or be successful when there are issues to be solved”.