Former Black Stars coach Kwasi Appiah ‘would head to world football governing body, FIFA in the worst case scenario’ to claim the $185,000 owed him by the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
His close ally, Asante Fukuo made the revelation in an interview with Joy Sports Thursday morning.
Kwasi Appiah is increasingly growing frustrated over the delay in the payment of the said amount which comprises unpaid salary arrears and bonuses.
It has been five months since Appiah’s contract expired and he is yet to hear from the GFA. In a recent interview, Appiah criticised the current GFA administration led by Kurt Okraku for not showing him respect in his bid to recover his money.
“I decided to keep quiet on my salaries’ issues all these while but I think if you are working with someone and you are no more, the best way is to give the person whatever he deserves and there will be peace,” he is quoted as saying by Accra-based Starr FM.
“The question is how do I feed my family meanwhile I quite remember when they took over Dr Kofi Amoah gave them $1 million and I even understand there is also some $500,000 from FIFA or whatever, the bottom line is you should look at the essential ones and try and sort it out.
“But it looks like they don’t care. This is money I have worked for and they are not telling me anything which I feel it doesn’t show sign of respect. So I have told my lawyers to deal with it.”
According to the GFA legacy debt documents available to Joy Sports, Appiah is owed four months’ salaries and two matches’ worth of bonuses. His salary believed to be $35,000 per month, and $20,000 winning bonus brought the total owed him to $180,000.
However, Mr Fukuo denied it, claiming the amount is $185,000 and comprises of five months salaries and one match winning bonus.
“In fact, the amount owed James Kwasi Appiah, the former Black Stars of Ghana coach is $185,000 and not $180,000 as stated by the Ghana Football Association.
Remember in the letter written by the lawyers of James Kwasi Appiah to the GFA, they stated clearly that the amount was $185,000 comprising five months unpaid salaries and one match-winning bonus,” he said.
He then denied media speculation that Kwasi Appiah is considering taking the matter to the law court. He said GFA would be reported to FIFA if the money continues to delay.
He added; “Kwasi Appiah wouldn’t resort to the law court as it is being reported in the media but would rather head to FIFA in the worst case scenario and also demand interest on the said amount.”
Appiah’s second stint, which lasted two-and-half years, ended in December. He was replaced by his assistant, Charles Akonnor.