Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says it is wrong for Ghanaians to demand to know how much Black Stars players are paid as bonuses.
Amounts players of the senior men’s national team are paid for representing the country has always been a topical issue mostly when the Black Stars are involved in tournaments.
Financially issues have often disrupted how well Ghana could have performed in some tournaments: the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is a case in point. Some of the best players in the team were sent home and Ghana exited the World Cup at group stage for the first time in the three times the country has been there.
Addressing what happened in Brazil, Gyan – the captain at the time – said football and politics cannot mix.
“Football and politics won’t work. In football, what stays inside has to be there. You don’t have to bring it out for people to see,” he told Asaase Radio.
“For example, have you ever heard about how much the English players earn with their national team? Nobody knows their bonuses, but this is a country where everybody wants to know how much Black Stars are earning.
“So why don’t they (politicians) put it out there for people to know how much they are earning in their jobs but they want to know what the Black Stars are earning. Sometimes it is wrong.
“In this population most people are illiterate! So, when they hear people saying that it gets to their head and they conclude, that’s it. And this is politics, it is not a good thing
“They know the truth but because it is Black Stars and football brings people together, they have to use the team.”