President Mahama launches investigation into $3m FIFA World Cup bonus row

Maham indicts Ghanaian government for airlifiting $3m to the Black Stars of Ghana during the 2014 World Cup

The bonus row which ensued at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where the Ghana Black Stars threatened to boycott the match day 3 game against Portugal if they were not paid their monies

This prompted the Ghanaian presidency to airlift the sum of 3 million dollars to rescue the situation

Months after that incident, Ghana president, John Mahama has described the situation as ‘embarrassing’ stating categorically that it “didn’t do us any good service”, since Ghana lost the match after all, kicking themselves out of the tournament.

Speaking on Al-Jazeera, he said: ''Ghana is a very well respected footballing country, we have a very good team and we’ve had very good football administrators, but I think that this [airlifting of money], didn’t do us any good service.

“I think that with the current commission that is sitting - it's led by a very respected judge - and I’m sure that they are going to come out with all the facts so that we learn the lessons from that and so that we don’t repeat the situation”.

So embarrassing was the situation that a Hollywood film had been made out of the whole debacle and President Mahama would prefer that actor, Denzel Washington play the presidential character.


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