Ibrahim Zubairu, forward for the Black Meteors, has responded strongly to critics who suggested that the players lacked focus during the Africa U23 Cup of Nations.
This came after reports emerged that the team was demanding their bonuses prior to the final game against Guinea.
Just hours before the match, news spread that the players had taken a stand, insisting on being paid their dues before participating in the final game. Assurances were given that the players’ bonuses were available and would be deposited into their accounts as soon as possible.
Despite these promises, the team was unable to secure a place in the semi-finals and exited the tournament during the group stage.
“We are not chasing for money. We are just asking about our bonuses against Algeria which we played I think three months ago. That’s what we talked about and not any other money. What belongs to you is always yours.
He further clarified, “It belongs to us so we have to… and It wasn’t just one player. It was a collective decision to ask whether the bonuses that were promised before the Algeria game were ready,” he told 3Sports.
Zubairu’s remarks shed light on the players’ stance, emphasizing that their concern was specifically related to bonuses owed to them from a previous match.
Despite the disappointing performance of the national teams, Ibrahim Zubairu, however, encourages Ghanaians to maintain their confidence and support for the young teams.
He urges the public not to lose hope and to continue believing in the potential of the national squads. While the U-23 team may not have achieved their desired outcome, Zubairu reminds everyone that the U-20 team is currently competing and will require the unwavering support of the nation.
“There should continue to have confidence in the young teams. Even though we couldn’t make it, our U-20s are also playing and will need the support.