President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has announced that the each player of the U-20 team, the Black Satellites, will receive a gift of USD 10,000 for winning the U-20 AFCON tournament in Mauritania.
The announcement was made on Tuesday when the team visited the Jubilee House to present the trophy they won to the President following their return from Mauritania on Sunday, a day after beating Uganda 2-0 in the final of the tournament.
The victory was Ghana’s 4th in the tournament’s history after previously winning it in 1993, 1999, and 2009.
The President heaped loads of praise on the players for winning the competition and said that their efforts had earned the respect and gratitude of the nation.
“I know Nouakchott where you won the trophy is not a very friendly place but you managed to win the trophy and the country is very proud of your achievement.
What the country is giving you is a token but it is something to tell you how happy Ghanaians are with what you have done.”
The President stated half the amount to be given out in cash to the players while the other part would be invested for a period of ten years to help them in future.
The President added that the team technical’s unit and other members of the team would take home USD 5,000 each.
In addition to the money given to the entire team, the President also gave out personal gifts of USD 5,000 each to the team’s captain, Daniel Afriyie, Ibrahim Danlad, the team’s goalkeeper, Isahaku Fatawu, the tournament’s best player and head coach, Abdul Karim Zito.
Apart from the players and the technical team, the GFA President, Kurt Okraku, and other senior members of the Ghana FA including the head of the Ghanaian team to the U-20 tournament, Dr. Randy Abbey and Ghana FA Executive Council member, Samuel Anim Addo, were also present.
The Youth and Sports Minister-designate, Mustapha Ussif, was also at the Jubilee House.