Asamoah Gyan has hit back at former Ghana coach Kwasi Appiah, who blamed the Black Stars’ World Cup defeat to Portugal on the players’ obsession with money.
Ghana will face Portugal once more at the global showpiece after being placed in the same group in the 2022 FIFA World Cup draw on Friday.
It’s a rematch of the Portuguese’s 2-1 group stage victory in 2014, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo’s second-half close-range strike.
As a result of finishing last in a group that included eventual winners Germany and the United States, Ghana was eliminated in the first round.
The draw on Friday reminded Ghanaians, particularly former Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah, of the 2014 match, and the former coach made an unexpected statement.
“In the 2014 World Cup against Portugal, the Black Stars players had their money in their bags in the locker room and were not concentrating on the game,” he said.
Appiah’s claim, however, was refuted on Twitter by Gyan, who scored a spectacular header in the game.
“Yes, because he had a satellite in our luggage.” Smh. “Every time we look for someone to blame,” Gyan wrote.
The tweet drew a slew of responses, with some in support of Gyan and others opposing him.
Those who disagree have circulated an image of defender John Boye kissing money just hours before the game.
Ghana flew $3m to Brazil to appease the World Cup squad over a bonus dispute. Each player got a reported $100,000