Why did the Ghanaian FA fly $3m in CASH to Brazil?

The Rio Report

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Can't wait till payday? Wish your money would be with you just a little bit faster?

The Ghana squad share your pain. They want their appearance fees for competing in the World Cup.

But instead of sitting tight and complaining on social media about their collective skintness, like the rest of us would do, they insisted the Ghanaian government charter a plane to fly out the $3m - in cash.

Deputy Sports Minister Joseph Yamin told Ghanaian radio station Citi FM: "The government had to mobilise the money and a chartered flight to Brazil."

A rather po-faced statement from the Ghana FA explained: "The government is pre-financing the payment of the Black Stars appearance fees, which will be reimbursed when FIFA's prize money for Ghana's participation in the World Cup is paid."

Ghana need to beat Portugal today to have any chance of staying in the World Cup, so they may well be heading home shortly, along with their newly-arrived money. Think of the carbon footprint.

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