Prove to Ghanaians you're not playing for money, Kwabena Yeboah tells players
President of the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG), Kwebena Yeboah wants Black Stars to prove they are not in the national service for the money.
Football fans in Ghana seem to have withdrawn the unconditional support they threw behind the team prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and the players are appealing to Ghanaians to forgive the shortcomings of the team.
Leaders of the team, notably, skipper Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew have never lost the opportunity to remind Ghanaians that their support for the team will steer them to achieve success.
But the support is not forthcoming and ace commentator Kwabena Yeboah has told the team fans will only cheer them if they are convinced that they are serving the nation.
"The Black Stars should do well to accept whatever the state offers them; and I have put into context, if they are earning $10,000 for instance and the state feels that we're cash-strapped and we have a perilous financial situation for which reason we believe that our national purse can offer $5,000, the players should not threaten over that.
“They should not be fighting (us) over that," Kwabena Yeboah said in an interview with Joy FM in reaction to Andre Ayew's comments.
The Black Stars vice-captain had earlier said:
"This past one and a half year, it's been difficult between the Black Stars and fans."
"I think that within the context of the national purse, whatever we offer them I think they should accept that in good faith and serve the nation because players are quick to let the whole nation understand the fact that they are not playing for the money and I want to believe that they will prove it to Ghanaians," Kwabena Yeboah continues.
The Black Stars relationship with Ghanaian football-loving fans became sour after the team threatened to boycott their final group G game against Portugal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil due to the delay of their tournament appearance fees.