Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Stars Grab $15m Back Home Today / Nelson Mandela's Message to Gyan

The Senior national team, the Black Stars, has become richer by a staggering $15 million after participating and qualifying to the last eight of the South Africa 2010 FIFA World Cup.

For featuring in the Mundial alone, Ghana amassed $1million and the Ghana Football Association (GFA) raked in an extra $14 million for qualifying for the quarter-finals.
The players had received $70,000 for participating in the tournament, in addition to generous winning bonuses for each of the 23 players.

Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) gave $14 million to each of the national teams that reached the quarter-final stage of the soccer fiesta.

Ghana was the only African country that qualified from the group stage to the second round stage at the ongoing World Cup, making the African continent proud in the process.

Nelson Mandela's Message To Asamoah Gyan

Heartbroken Ghana star Asamoah Gyan received a message of condolence from Nelson Mandela after his devastating penalty miss led to his team’s dramatic World Cup exit against Uruguay.
Former South African president Mandela, who sent a letter of support to the Ghana team before the match, was further moved to pass on his sympathy to Gyan upon seeing the forward in a flood of tears after missing a chance at winning a place in the semifinal.

“[Mandela] wanted us to know he was proud of our players,” Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi said. “He wanted Asamoah to know he was proud of him and his efforts and what he gave for his team. That support is very special and significant to everybody.”

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