The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has written to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to notify them that former Black Stars coach, Charles Kwablan Akonnor is due a compensation package of $50,000 for their decision to terminate his contract.
CK Akonnor as the former Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak coach is affectionately called, was sacked on September 13 by the Executive Council of the GFA after Black Stars’ 1-0 loss to Bafana Bafana in the ongoing FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Sources within the leadership of the football governing body say Akonnor is due $50,000 as agreed in his contract.
An official of the FA quizzed rhetorically, ‘how much were you expecting him to be paid?’ when Joy Sports made contacts, adding, the termination clause of the contractual agreement did not state otherwise.
It is unclear if the Sports Ministry has started processing the severance package, but we understand it should be paid within this month.
The Ghana FA and CK Akonnor have exchanged letters following his sacking last month, but the content of the letters is not yet known to us, but sources tell us the FA has acknowledged receipt of a letter from Akonnor.
Before the termination of Akonnor’s contract, he was owed about $425,000, but a cheque of $50,000, representing two months of his arrears was signed to be delivered before the national team’s trip to South Africa for the second game of the World Cup qualifying series.
The letter, however, did not indicate whether the Ministry should pay the money or not.
Sources also have it that even though the cheque was delivered, it is unclear if it has been picked up by Mr. Akonnor.
The Sports Ministry has taken the initiative of paying Akonnor two months’ arrears every month, to ensure it is cleared within the shortest possible time.
We understand that another cheque of $50,000 could be ready by the end of this month. If this is processed as planned, four months of the former Black Stars’ skipper outstanding salaries would have been settled.
Akonnor was appointed Ghana coach in January 2020 to succeed Kwasi Appiah, and led the Black Stars for 10 matches.