Kurt Okraku: Coach Appiah not the only one owed by GFA

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Kurt Okraku- GFA president
Kurt Okraku- GFA president

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) insists Coach Kwasi Appiah is not the only person owed salaries by the organisation.

According to the President of the GFA, Kurt Okraku, the Ministry of Youth and Sports which pay salaries of national team coaches are also indebted to many individuals who play vital roles for the association.

The former Black Stars coach has been in the news for the past weeks demanding $185,000 as unpaid salaries during the final months of his tenure.

In an interview with Ghanaweb, Mr Okraku described the recent media reports on the matter as unfortunate noting that the issue could have been resolved amicably.

“It’s most unfortunate honestly speaking. I would not want the FA or for that matter the government to come into the public space in that manner.

“Indeed we initiated the processes, everybody knows including Kwasi Appiah the processes that are involved,” he said.

"He knows the FA engaged him but the FA doesn’t pay his salaries. It’s the Ministry’s responsibility for the payment of salaries of all of our national team coaches and they do it via the sponsorship from GNPC so it’s a bit of a like triangle. So there are processes one has to go through, at times it delays and at times it does end quickly.

"Unfortunately, he went public, but it’s his singular prerogative and let me say it’s not only Kwasi Appiah who is owed, Stephen Appiah is owed, Richard Olele Kingston is owed too and even Avram Grant was owed but it has been cleared," he added.