Black Stars Coach, Avram Grant has not been paid for the last three months following battle between the Ghana FA and the Sports Ministry, according to GHANASoccernet.
The website reports that the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC), which is responsible for the payment of the salary, has frozen the payments due to a directive from the sports ministry.
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, GHANAsoccernet.com 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.
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.
The Black Stars take on the Cranes in the first match of the qualifying campaign in Tamale on October 7 amid the teething problems.
Grant is the 32nd head coach of the Black Stars with the country appointing three caretaker coaches in between the period.
This is the latest battle between the ministry and the Ghana FA, with the former’s refusal to pay for air fare and accommodation almost derailing the black stars’ final 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier with Rwanda earlier this month.
Grant’s contract with the black stars runs to the end of the 2017 AFCON finals, but he may be forced out sooner rather than later due to crisisPlease subscribe to our newsletter