Former Black Stars head coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor, has denied receiving an amount of $100,000 from the Ministry of Youth and Sports following the termination of his contract in 2021.
During a press brief last Wednesday, the Sports Minister, Mustapha Ussif, despite admitting the country still owes C.K Akonnor and Milovan Rajevac, claimed both were paid $100,000 each following the Ghana Football Association’s decision to relieve them of their duties.
“We still owe Milovan [Rajevac],” he said at a press briefing.
“All of C.K and Milovan, once their contract was terminated, we sat with them, negotiated their exit and C.K was paid $100,000 immediately after the negotiation same as Milovan.”
However, Akonnor has come out to deny the comments made by Ussif, claiming the exact amount he received was not what was mentioned by the minister.
”I never received the kind of money the minister mentioned. I don’t want to put out how much they paid me but it was not $100,000 as the minister said,” Akonnor told Graphic Sports.
Akonnor stated that after he was sacked, he was paid in cedis and told to convert it to dollars using the Bank of Ghana rate. However, while the rate was significantly lower than the market rate at the time, it was nothing near the amount mentioned by the minister.
The 47-year-old also requested the minister to review the contract he had with the GFA, which was still on file at the FA. He urged the minister to review the contract to find out how they arrived at that amount.
”My contract is still with the FA and if he likes he can go and check the agreement we had and see before making the claim and he will know that he is wrong,” Akonnor stated.
The former Black Stars midfielder was sacked after just 10 games in charge, winning four, losing four and drawing two.