Covid-19: Sports Ministry In Talks With GFA To Slash Salary Of Black Stars Head Coach
The Ministry of Sports and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) are in talks to reduce the salary of the head coach of the Black Stars team, Charles Kwablah Akonnor.
The gaffer who was appointed in January this year to replace coach James Kwesi Appiah is on a $25,000 per month wage.
In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic where the finances of every institution have been affected, the Ministry of Sports that pays the wages of CK Akonnor has decided to settle on a pay cut for the coach.
“We cannot pay CK Akonnor his full salary every month. He [CK Akonnor] agrees that we are not in normal times looking at the Covid-19 period we find ourselves”, Sports Minister Isaac Asiamah said in an interview on Adom TV on Tuesday.
He continued, “The Sports Ministry and the Ghana Football Association are negotiating that we reduce his salary during these difficult times.
“I know he [CK Akonnor] will agree because we are not in normal times, I will not lie. The truth is that we cannot pay CK Akonnor’s full salary in these difficult times”.
Since his appointment, the former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko head coach has not had the opportunity to play any match.
He was scheduled to lead the Black Stars to play Sudan in March but the game had to be postponed as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Next month, it is understood that he will be in the dugout of the team during a planned friendly match with either Algeria or Mali.