Black Stars bonus row: a secret coup against the state

A coup d’état, literally, “blow of state,” otherwise known as a coup is the sudden and illegal seizure of a state, usually instigated by a small group of the existing government establishment to depose the established regime and replace it with a new ruling body.

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According to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, a coup is simply defined as a sudden, violent, and illegal seizure of power from a government.

Asamoah GyanA coup d’état is considered successful when the usurpers establish their dominance.
A bonus can be defined as a salary or wages based completely on how well one does one’s job. It is called a performance-related pay.

Bonus can also be defined as a sum of money granted or given to an employee, a returned soldier, in addition to a regular pay usually in appreciation for work done.

The Black Stars bonus saga has been lingering on the airwaves for the past two months now and it seems it’ll take some few more years for us to calf a concrete plan that could help ameliorate this simple issue which keeps coming back to slap us in the face.

To me, the long and short of this unnecessary brouhaha is that Ghana as a sovereign state has lost its priorities.
The government wants its civil servants to put in their utmost best in their various work places and yet they are not well catered for. To make it worse, a Black Star player who plays two matches for Ghana is worth more than a civil servant who works for more than thirty years (pension).

To be very honest, I don’t think our Black Star players need to be paid anything more than $5,000. In any case, the players have described their bonus regardless of how much the nation put on their table as paltry sums so why ask for it in the first place?

But I don’t blame them all the same because they take more in a week in their respective clubs in Europe and abroad compared to the amount under consideration here.

If the players insist that playing for the nation is a professional duty that they are rendering and so cannot be free, then I’m encouraging them to start thinking about how to also make money from the organizers of the popular ‘Monday Stars’ game that they play anytime they come down from their base in Europe.

Some players often argue that they can lose their career through playing for the Black Stars. They may be right, but is there anything more dangerous than a professional player playing in a ‘Monday Stars’ game which are often played on ‘sakora’ parks?

If the players think playing for the national team is that dangerous as they claim, then they should ask their brothers and sisters in the Ghana Armed forces who go on peace keeping operations.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports who has been given the ownership power by the State to take care of our sports in general is unfortunately behaving like an Alice-in–wonder-land in this whole cacophony.

It’s high time the ministry sat down with the players through the captain, Asamoah Gyan to listen to them vividly whilst letting them also understand the position of government.

A child can only grow fat or taller than his father, but no child has ever grown pass the age of his father so the ministry should be bold enough to let the players know what their position is than playing games with them because playing games with the players will not solve the situation at hand but rather escalate it.

Instead of instigating the players to hold the government to ransom, I think the Ghana Football Association (GFA) must rather talk the players down to accept what is being offered them and rather try and coerced them to leave a coin into a special fund which could be used to furnish the other national teams who are always cash trapped.

For instance, the GFA as the players’ negotiator can suggest to the government to pay $8,000.00 cash to the players whilst the remaining $2,000.00 goes into this special account which should be managed by the football association itself with the sole aim of promoting our local game and the less funded national teams as well.

It is very uncommon to hear members of the Ghana Football Association saying that the government must pay the players what they are demanding because to them they believe the players have worked for it and needs to be paid accordingly but my simple question to the GFA is; who determines ‘soli’ amount after a GFA organized program?

I remember vividly how the Ghana Football Association managed to get Asamoah Gyan to appear before the Justice Senyo Dzamefe led Commission of Inquiry to offer a plastic apology to the nation for the unruly behavior that some of the players exhibited at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil where some players decided to tweak the team’s hotel into a Hollywood location for a blockbuster movie.

The Ghana Football Association that I know is capable of doing anything so I would be very flabbergasted to hear them tell the nation that what I have suggested in this article is a good idea but its implementation could be difficult.

We don’t have pitches to develop football from the grassroots let alone proper pitches for our so called professional football clubs in Ghana to player on and yet the GFA think staging a cliffhanger with the ministry with regards to the Black Stars is the best thing to do at this age?

My head goes earth-quaking anytime I listen to colleague journalists on-air discussing passionately about this Black Stars bonus issue and I always ask myself, ‘Are these Ghanaian journalists born and bred in this country’?

A Ghanaian Times (a State owned newspaper) reporter, Samuel Kwame Nuamah, a member of the presidential press corps recently lost his life whilst contemporaneously performing his duty as a journalist and below is how the government decided to reward his corpse and the family;

GHC 50,000.00 into an endowment fund

GHC 20,000.00 to his mother and father

$5,000 to the widow, and

GHC 5,000.00 to the family

If we could not give space to this unfortunate issue on our various media platforms, then what business do we have as qualified journalists to talk about footballers who are demanding from the state more than $10,000 (about GHC 35,000.00) for a single match?

My mathematics may not be good, but at least I know without checking from the Forex Bereau that what these players get from the state for playing in a single tournament is way beyond what our brother got from the state after losing his life.

Do you think any Ghanaian government can issue such a chicken change to any of our players who lose his life?

Again, when Daniel Kenu was brutally assaulted by some thugs led by Baffour Gyan we saw the kind of position certain individuals and media houses took. Some were rather castigating Kenu for asking ‘stupid’ question as the GFA claimed at the time.

Who determines what a ‘stupid’ question is? It is easy to hear our football people comparing local journalists to our counterparts in the Diaspora who are better equipped and owns the same language we imported, but at least, Jose Mourinho has made us aware that even the English journalists ask more ‘stupid’ questions than we do here in Ghana.

The man who fails to alleviate the issues in his bedroom can never be trusted to solve the problems of others?
I think I have scratched my skull hard enough in producing this piece, but if you’re still in doubt then I humbly refer you to go to the village and argue with your grades under the village square.

He who takes the true cola nuts of the gods shall surely be vindicated.

I’m done. See you in my next article.

By El-Amisty Nobo/www.newsghana.com.gh

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