Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed that he rejected a whopping sum of €25,000 from a man acting on behalf of a player to induce him to invite the footballer for the World Cup.
Local coaches have come under fire recently for accepting bribes before fielding players at club levels in the domestic league and other national teams.
However, Appiah said he only invites players to the Black Stars on merit and would not allow his reputation to be tarnished.
“The man brought the money but I refused to take because I’m a professional and I want to protect the coaching association’s image,” Appiah told Accra-based Montie FM.
“People keep on making such allegations against us that we always take money from players before taking them to tournaments but is never true. We select players base on performances and commitment at training.”
Appiah later told Metro FM: “If I say that the players have not attempted to bribe me before, then I will be lying. If only you are ready to take, they will pay.
“A player brought an amount of 25,000 Euros, but I made him aware that when I even called him for the national team, he didn’t give me anything, so why this time and what should I use it for and I refused it.
“The players are very canny, they look at so many things along the line and use them to make their judgment about the sort of coach you are.”