The Benin football authority has been compelled under FIFA directives to pay a compensation of $31,500 (¢296 million) to celebrated Ghanaian coach, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, in damages and other outstanding remuneration.
A delegation from the Benin football Federation hand-delivered the money last Thursday in Accra after close to three years of battle which took the two feuding parties to the FIFA.
Jones, the first coach ever to have qualified the West African country to the Nations Cup in Tunisia in 2004, had contractual disagreement with his employers leading to his sack.
Led in counsel by a known Ghanaian football legal brain, Ernest Thompson, Jones contested his wrongful dismissal at FIFA and won the case.
Jones complained to his employers months after the Nations Cup for non-payment of outstanding salaries, as well as other allowances, but the federation took offence at the Ghanaian coach's continual agitation and gave him the sack.
Benin's qualification under Jones was historic, and although the team never won a match at the tournament, CAN 2004 remains their first and only participation among Africa's soccer elite.