Ghana players paid World Cup appearance fees ahead of Portugal clash

Brazilian news agency portal Globo.com has published exclusive pictures of Black Stars players receiving their appearances fees ahead of Thursday’s final Group G match against Portugal.

A chartered flight from Accra landed in Brasilia at 8pm (local time) on Wednesday and with police escort, the US$3million  was transported to the team’s Brasilia Palace Hotel.

The transportation of the money was shown live on TV Globo.

Shortly afterwards the arrival of the entourage, the players, in turns, entered one of the hotel rooms to receive the money owed by the Ghana Football Federation.

According to reports, some players kept the amount in their pockets or wrapped in pieces of clothing.

Others left with the wad of bills in their hand.

Although unconfirmed, it is reported by the Brazilian news agency that each player was paid US$ 100,000.

The issue has caused a media circus in Brazil, with the biggest television station running live commentary of the money being transported and subsequently players being paid.

With criminal bandits in Brazil notorious for attacking people and bank vans, the publication and live transmission on television of the monies to the Black Stars has exposed the team to serious danger.

Ghana will play Portugal later on Thursday night.