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Over criticism on Black Stars bonuses brought us down after 2010 WC heroics – Sam Johnson

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Ghana's Samuel Johnson (right) rues a missed chance as teammate Mohammed Gargo (left) offers to help him up (Photo by Matthew Ashton/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Former Black Stars player Samuel Johnson has attributed the dwindling fortunes of the Black Stars to the nation’s criticism of the match bonuses of the players.

Ghana has failed to rediscover the golden year of 2010 where the Stars managed a quarter final berth in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

A painful defeat to Uruguay in the quarterfinals kicked the Black Stars out of the tournament after displaying some great football throughout the tournament.

Ghana were admired by many in the world due to qualify of game the Black Stars exhibited in South Africa.

However, the Black Stars lost the support from Ghanaians in the next World Cup held in Brazil. The players forced for the payment of their 100,000 dollars appearance fee which angered many football enthusiasts.

Ghanaians indicated that the players were not patriotic and were only there for the money they will receive and not to play any good football.

Speaking to Kumasi based Akoma 87.9 FM the former Black Stars international stated; “I think our focus on the bonuses of the stars brought the team down. They didn’t have the support they used to enjoy during the World Cup. If you look at the injury situation of Akaminko while playing for Ghana, it tells you how dangerous the profession is.

“We were too focused on their bonuses and that made them lose the goodwill of the people.”

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