Ghana coach Avram Grant not paid for 3 months

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Avram-Grant-001Ghana coach Avram Grant has not been paid for three months, in a massive power-play which threatens the country’s 2018 World Cup qualifying bid, sleuth hounding has revealed.

The former Chelsea trainer has not received his financial entitlements, less than two weeks before the West Africans begin the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Tamale on October 7.

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), which is responsible for the payment of the salary, has frozen the payment of the Israeli trainer upon a directive from the country’s sports ministry, insiders have told

Unsubstantiated reports have claimed the country’s sports ministry has ordered GNPC to place an ice on the payment to the 61-year-old, a claim which cannot be independently verified by Ghana’s leading football website,

It’s unclear the motive behind the latest stand-off but sources say the ministry is keen on replacing the former West Ham United and Portsmouth manager with a local coach.

Grant could be forced to seek redress at FIFA with authorities willing to pay compensation to get him out of the way, has been told.

The former Chelsea boss signed a 27-month deal to take over from Maxwell Konadu, who had been in temporary charge since Kwesi Appiah left in September, 2014.

He was appointed ahead of Spaniard Juan Ignacio Martinez and former Switzerland assistant coach Michel Pont.

His contract will expire at the end of February 2017 – after that year’s Africa Cup of Nations finals.

The Ghana Football Association gave Grant a target of “doing well” at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea – and to win the crown in Gabon in 2017.

But recent tension between the country’s sports minister Nii Lantey Vanderpuije and the Ghana FA has thrown his long-term future in doubt.

The tension between the two parties are well documented with Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi labeling the tough-talking minister as a ‘serial-caller’ and amateurish.

It appears Grant’s romance with Ghana will come to an end after the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations with the FA insisting it will not stand in the way of the gaffer if he decides to quit at the end of the tournament in February.

Grant himself has not ruled out a return to England after coming in for massive criticism for his absence from the country even though he has achieved good results with the Black Stars.

He guided the Black Stars to a second-placed finish at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and supervised the side’s qualification to the 2017 edition in Gabon as well as the group phase of the 2018 World Cup qualifier.

It’s feared the unresolved feud between the two parties could hurt the country’s chances of ending a long-wait for an African crown in Gabon early next year and more crucially qualifying to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Grant is the 32nd head coach of the Black Stars with the country appointing three caretaker coaches in between the period.


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