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Soccer News Sun, 19 Jun 2005

Ministry to meet on winning bonus

Johannesburg (SA), June 19, GNA - Yaw Osafo Maafo, Minister of Education and Sports said no decision has been taken yet in reviewing the winning bonuses of the Black Stars ahead of the last two World Cup qualifying games but hinted that it would not be right in reducing them. Each player took home 8,000 dollars for wining the match against South Africa on Saturday, an increase of 100 per cent, over what they received when they played Burkina Faso at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium three weeks ago.

The minister said his out fit was doing everything possible to ensure that the players were well motivated to clinch the last six points for the World Cup dream to be realised.

He cautioned though that the players must not be motivated by money but by three cardinal points which have done the trick for many footballing nations.

Mr Osarfo Maafo said the players must be hungry for success and yearn to become the first batch of Ghanaian players to qualify the nation to the soccer mundial, must be aware of the emornous opportunities that could accrue to them if they got there and its ramification on government's interest.

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He said if the players could become conscious of these facts then the rest of the six points in his "operation 9 points" was likely to be achieved.

The former Finance Minister said it was his wish to become the first Sports Minister to take the nation to her maiden World Cup appearance which he said was on course.

Ghana's winning bonus is considered as one if not the highest on the continent and it became an issue for discussions in the South African media before the game.

The two countries share the top spot on 15 points and are all yearning to win the rest of their matches to make to the World Cup.

Source: GNA
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