Ghana 'sends $3m to World Cup stars by plane'

The Ghanaian government has sent $3 million (£1.77 million) cash out to the country's World Cup stars by plane, deputy sports minister Joseph Yamin has said.

Ghana's Andre Ayew and Mohammed Rabiu during their match with Germany. Credit: Marcus Brandt/DPA

Speaking to radio station Citi FM, he said the players wanted to receive physical payment and had refused to receive the money online.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) said the country's President John Dramani Mahama personally intervened to ensure the measures after "agitation" from players, who had not received any payment since the start of the competition two weeks ago.

"Government is pre-financing the payment of the Black Stars appearance fees which will be reimbursed when FIFA’s prize-money for Ghana’s participation in the World Cup is paid after the tournament in Brazil," the GFA said in a statement.

"We wish to assure the general public following President Mahama’s intervention the Black Stars are in high spirits ahead of Thursday’s match last Group G match against Portugal."