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Ghana's former CAF champions players clash with administration over prize dispute

11-30-2011 10:45 BJT

ACCRA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Players of Ghana's oldest club, Accra Hearts of Oak, are up-in-arms with management of the team for failing to redeem promises to pay them 20,000 US dollars for winning the CAF champions league in 2000.

The award winning players have come out to lambast the club for failing to honor their word since they won both the champions league and CAF Super Cup.

According to the players, monies were paid to them in bits and, as far as they were concerned, the 20,000 dollars promised them remained outstanding.

However, management of the club on Tuesday discounted the claim, saying the players received their due for their role in the historic achievement.

A statement signed by Emmanuel Martey Commodore-Mensah, board chairman of the club, explained that the club pledged to share the prize money with the technical team and the players as part of a package to motivate and challenge them to give of their best.

The statement added that the club received only 375,000 dollars from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) out of the 500, 000 dollars prize money for winners of the premier continental club championship at the time.

"Out of this money, an amount of 100,000 dollars was handed over to the head of the technical team, Cecil Jones Attuquayefio, who together with the captain, Jacob Nettey, and Emmanuel Osei Kuffour disbursed the amount to the players without the involvement of the then management committee."

It added that 600,000 dollars was promised the playing body for participation in the FIFA World Club Championship but the tournament was called off by the world soccer governing body due to sponsorship challenges, thereby depriving the team of the expected prize money of 2.7 million dollars.

"It is worth noting from the above that even though the club incurred huge expenses from participation in the competition, it made sure that the players were well catered for and received a substantial amount of money for the services rendered," the statement concluded.

The players are however planning to meet the current top brass of the club to hold discussions on the issue in the coming weeks to find a lasting solution to the issue.

Hearts' brilliant exploits on the domestic front has won them 20 league titles and nine FA Cup Championships. They also beat archrivals Kumasi Asante Kotoko in all-Ghanaian finals to win the CAF Confederation Cup trophy in 2004.

Hearts of Oak celebrated their centenary early this month, having made an impressive start to the 2011/2012 season and improved the administration of the club.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: Xinhua

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