Ghana’s women national football team, the Black Queens stormed the offices of the Ministry for Youth and Sports to demonstrate over unpaid bonuses from 2015/2016.

The players revealed that they have persistently appealed to the Ghana Football Association and the Ministry of Youth and Sports for their unpaid bonuses but their request had been ignored and treated with contempt.

The players stated that a total of 180,600.00 dollars as allowances was owed the playing body and management.

Our male counterparts are always paid their bonuses and allowances on time but we have always been treated like second class citizens of this country. This treatment is making many talented female footballers lose interest in the sport.

Speaking in an interview with Odiasempa Kwame Oware on Wamputu Sports, former Black Queens striker Agnes Aduako, who is the spokesperson for the team revealed;“we went to the offices of the Ministry for Youth and Sports to meet the minister. They’ve been owing us for years hence, our decision to go and meet with him. We’ve not received our bonuses from 2015 /2016 and we are demanding for unpaid bonuses amounting to 12,000 dollars per head”.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t meet the minister or the deputy so we will go back to the office on Monday. Those outside Accra won’t go back. We are all staying here until we meet the minister on Monday”.

“We are hoping to meet the former President, John Mahama to engage him regarding this issue. We want to meet him as our father even though he is in opposition, he should use his office to help us. We are not doing any politics because we have been chasing this money for almost 3 years. We have been engaging the minister but it has not been fruitful. We don’t belong to any political party. We played for the nation not any political party so this is not about any political party.”

“We have equally sent our petition letter to other former presidents to plead with the current president on our behalf. Some of us are suffering and we need this money.”

1.Patricia Mantey

2.Hillia M. Kobblah

3.Cynthia Adobea

4.Rosemary Ampem

5.Alice Kusi

6.Janet Egyir

7.Juliet Acheampong

8.Mercy Myles

9.Portia Boakye

10.Elizabeth Addo

11.Agnes Aduako

12.Grace Asare

13.Grace Adams

14.Edem Atovor

15.Diana Ankomah

16.Mary Essiful

17.Fafali Dumahesi

19.Faiza Ibrahim

20.Janet Ayieyam

21.Alberta Asante

22.Samira Suleman

23.Nana Ama Asantewaa

24.Regina Antwi

25.Rita Darko

26.Linda Eshun

27.Wasila Diwula- Soala

List of Technical team:

1.Yussif Basigi – Head Coach

2.Rahid Iddi- Assiatant Coach

3.Cudjoe Addo- Goalkeepers’ Coach

4.Mabel W. Aboah – Team Doctor

5.Christiana G.Dodoo – Team Welfare Officer

6.Rosemary Asiedu Owusu- Team Nurse

7.Margaret Foli – Team Physiotherapist

8.John K.Ackon- Team Kit Officer


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