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Black Queens Management Committee member, J.Y Appiah says the women’s national team, Black Queens would have withdrawn  playing for the nation in the All Africa Games had they been informed of the initial amount the authorities had wanted to pay them as bonus in the tournament.

“They told us that when you win gold, we will be paid US$2000 so we drew the minister’s attention to the fact that we don’t manage our team like that. So, to be honest with you, we couldn’t inform the team about the development because if we had, they wouldn’t have played the game. So we told them that if we are able to win the gold, the government will be sympathetic to pay all their outstanding winning bonuses to them. And through the advice we gave them they were able to win the gold,”he told Fiifi Banson on Anopa Kasapa on Kasapa 102.3 FM  Wednesday.

He’s accused the FA Technical Director, Francis Oti Akenten  for being behind the impasse, as he says the latter did not make full disclosure of the bare issues concerning the payment of bonuses for the women national team when he sat in the meetings that discussed bonuses of the Queens.

He indicated that the team had no knowledge about how much was going to be paid them as far as winning bonuses were concerned until they reached the semi finals where their leadership approached the FA for clarification.

But Akenten early on has said he was only involved in that meeting as a massenger who conveyed information from the ministry to the FA.  “l attended the meetings but I never knew how much was to be paid.”

The players of the national women’s team have been contesting with Ghanaian authorities over their prize package for winning gold at this year’s All Africa Games in Brazzaville.

 The Queens had refused to leave their M-Plaza hotel in the capital, following the impasse until President Mahama intervened to pay the ladies US$ 5,000 each in the meantime. They had earlier insisted to take nothing less than $11,000 each and rejected a paltry $2,000 for winning the ultimate during the continental event.

The country’s sports minister has come under fire for the poor treatment of the players.