The Black Queens will be leaving the M-Plaza Hotel today after taking $5000 each as down payment for their outstanding bonuses upon the instructions of President John Mahama, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.
The team held a meeting with senior government official Commodore Steve Obimpeh on Tuesday evening where he gave an assurance their remaining outstanding bonus will be paid at a later date.
Commodore Steve Obimpeh led a delegation from the Flagstaff House to meet with the hurting Black Queens players who feel neglected following their heroics at the 2015 All Africa Games. Yusif Basigi’s side had secured a historic gold medal at the games staged in Congo Brazzaville.
They had however refused to leave their designated hotel since their return from Congo over unpaid outstanding bonuses running into years. Each Black Queens player is owed $23,000 in outstanding bonuses but the Sports Ministry were only able to make an offer of $2000 which was rejected by the team.
But President John Mahama who is currently in the US for the UN General Assembly made a timely intervention to save the country from another global humiliation. He instructed officials back home to mobilize resources to settle the Black Queens while summoning the Sports Minister to his base in New York.
The government delegation led by Commodore Obimpeh convinced the Black Queens to leave the M-Plaza Hotel where they’ve been lodging over a week with a firm assurance all their outstanding bonuses will be paid in due course. The players took $5000 each and pledged to leave the hotel on Wednesday morning.
The Black Queens had intended to remain at the hotel until their outstanding bonuses were paid in full. But they were impressed upon by the delegation to take the improved $5000 offer and await the remaining payment to bring an end to their ‘rebellion’.
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