Former Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko has jumped to the defence of teammate John Boye after he was massively criticised for kissing his $100,000 appearance fee at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Boye faced the wrath of Ghanaians who felt disrespected following the manner in which players of the Black Stars forced government to fly millions of dollars to settle their appearance fees.
The players had earlier threatened to boycott the competition ahead of the team’s final game against Portugal.
“He wasn’t wrong,” Akamink told Benjamin Nketsia on Citi Tv’s The Tracker Show. “The way football fanatics see these things is not the way we see it as athletes.
“For some one to work that hard and not get his money but receive later at that time. It was a different feeling and I am sure he did that for the camera.
“John Boye has seen a hundred thousand before, maybe even more.
“If the players had received their money earlier nobody would have seen John Boye kissing the money,” he concluded.
The Black Stars were eliminated from the competition after losing their final game to Portugal 2-1, having already lost to the USA and drawing against eventual champions Germany.