Former Black Stars midfielder Baba Adamu Amando has revealed that disputes over bonuses at the world cup in Germany in 2006 led to a player hauling a chair at Ghana Football Association officials at a meeting.
Player mutiny over bonuses became a worldwide phenomenon in Brazil in 2014 in Brazil after Sulley Muntari was sent home for slapping a GFA official over disagreements with bonuses.
Baba Amando, a member of the Black Stars team for Ghana’s maiden world cup appearance in 2006 [Amando was later dropped from the final 23], has now revealed to Kumasi-based Ultimate FM that during preparations for the tournament, a player almost hit GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi with a flying chair after throwing it in his direction in anger.
“When we got to Hannover, a day before our first game, we had a meeting and Otto Addo raised his hand to ask why they had agreed to pay each player $50,000 as appearance fees but are now offering us [the 5 standby players] something like $20,000 when they had agreed to pay everyone the same amount. “So Randy Abbey [then communications director of the FA] stood up to answer the question, but he was not trying to answer the question. So Baffour Gyan stood up and told him to answer the question. Baffour was pissed. “But moments later, something happened and one player, I’m not going to mention the name – he raised a chair and threw it at the FA boss and co. They all ran away.”
The issues never became public and the Black Stars went on to make history by becoming the only African side to reach the round of 16 in Germany.
By: Ghana/Ultimatefmonline.com/106.9FM/Fentuo Tahiru