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Ghana FA to pay back World Cup strike money

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The Ghana Football Association says it is now able to pay back the money it borrowed from the government to avoid a player strike over unpaid bonuses at the World Cup.

The GFA says officials will meet with the country’s sports minister and pay back the loan on Thursday after the GFA received its World Cup appearance money from FIFA.

Ghana’s government flew around $3 million in cash to Brazil to avert a player walkout at the World Cup in June. GFA President Kwesi Nyantakyi later said cash was also used to prevent player revolts at the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.

Ghana’s government carried out an investigation into the saga at this year’s World Cup. Ghana, a 2010 quarterfinalist, didn’t win a game in Brazil.

Following a row in the Black Stars’ camp at the World Cup, then coach, Kwesi Appiah expelled Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari for alleged indiscipline.

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