Kurt Okraku reveals his biggest desire as GFA boss and how much each Black Stars player earned after Mali and Qatar friendlies

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President of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) has expressed his desire to end Ghana’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) trophy drought.

Ghana haven’t won the AFCON trophy since they last did in Libya in 1982 (38 years ago). Since then, they’ve made it to 3 finals (1992, 2010, 2015) and lost all 3 finals.

“My desire and the desire of every member of my administration and Ghanaians is to win the Africa Cup of Nations,” he told Kumasi based Nhyira FM.

“As a nation, we’ll do whatever possible, to win the trophy again,” he added.

Kurt Okraku went on to reveal that each Black Stars player received $2,000 after the friendlies against Mali and Qatar.

The Black Stars, who haven’t been in action since November last year due to the coronavirus pandemic returned to action earlier this month in international friendly games against Mali and Qatar.

The team lost 3-0 to Mali in the first game but then redeemed itself with a 5-1 thrashing of Asian champions, Qatar.

“The players were paid $2,000 for the friendly games [unlike the $5,000 we used to pay after each game] because of the circumstance at hand,” Okraku said.

“However, let me hasten to add that the players were not interested in the monetary benefits, rather team building. This is because we are preparing a new team for the future,” he added.

Ghana will return to action next month for 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Sudan.

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