Communications Director of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Henry Asante Twum has categorically stated that former Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah is owed by the government and not the FA, saying he expects him to know better.
Reports went widespread on Tuesday that ex-Black Stars gaffer Kwasi Appiah is set for a legal tussle with the Ghana FA, as his lawyers are demanding an amount of US$180,000 from the federation in owed wages and salaries to be paid within the next seven days.
Appiah, who was on a US$35,000 monthly salary when in charge of the Black Stars, is demanding for his unpaid wages for six months from August 2019 to December 2019 which totals US$175,000 and a winning bonus of US$10,000.
Appiah instructed his lawyers to serve the GFA with a demand notice giving them seven days to make payment.
But Henry Asante has dismissed claims that his outfit owes the former Al Khartoum Watani coach unpaid salaries.
He instead stated that the 59-year-old is owed by the Government of Ghana.
“The GFA does not pay the coach – it’s the state that pays the coach,” Twum told the BBC.
“The GFA is the employer of the head coach of the national team but his salary is paid by the state. He [Appiah] wrote to the GFA [demanding his outstanding salaries and bonuses] and we forwarded his letter to the [sports] ministry.
“It is the ministry that must pay him, not the GFA.”
“Kwasi Appiah has been in and out of the Black Stars for so many years and he knows that it is not the FA that pays him.”
“It’s very strange to read what is going round because it’s not the FA that pays the head coach of Black Stars, it is the Government of Ghana. That has been the constitution. The Government owes him.”
Appiah coached Ghana between 2017 and 2019, his second spell at the helm of affairs.
His contract was not renewed beyond December following his team’s disappointing showing at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in June/July, last year where the Black Stars exited the competition in Egypt at the Round of 16 stage.
It was the first time the West Africans failed to reach the quarter-final of the continental gathering since 2006.