Ghana Football Association (GFA) president Kurt Okraku has bemoaned the public outcry of former Black Stars coach James Kwasi Appiah over unpaid salaries and bonuses.
Appiah has been vociferous in demanding for an outstanding five-month salary and winning bonus for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) triumph over Sao Tome and Principe during his time at the helm.
The 59-year-old, who coached the Black Stars between 2017 and 2019, has gone as far as threatening to haul the FA to Fifa. The national football’s governing body, though, has denied owing the coach.
It’s most unfortunate, honestly speaking; I would not want the FA, for that matter the government, to come into the public space in that manner,” Okraku told Ghana Web.
“Indeed we initiated the processes. Everybody, including Kwasi Appiah, knows the processes that are involved.
“He knows the FA engaged him but the FA doesn’t pay his salaries. It’s the Ministry of Youth and Sports that is responsible for the payment of salaries of all our national team coaches and they do it via sponsorship from GNPC [Ghana National Petroleum Corporation].