Despite the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations finishing in February 5, Ghana assistant coach Gerard Nus was not able to return home to Spain until this weekend due to a disagreement over pay with the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
The former Liverpool Under-21 coach worked under Avram Grant at the tournament as Ghana reached the semi-final stage, alongside ex-Sunderland and Leicester City star Jamie Lawrence, who also had not been paid by the GFA.
The 32-year-old had refused to return to Europe until all monies owed him were settled, even after receiving an initial $10,000 in the last two weeks. The dispute looked like it was finally settled on Saturday, but just when everything was thought to be coming to an end, Nus was given an unexpected and unprecedented bill for his accommodation.
"[GFA official] Alex [Asante] told me on Friday afternoon that I have to pay for all expenses from laundry, coffee, snacks between meals, or whatever, for the seven weeks that I have been here, and that they will only pay for the room and for the meals. I [didn’t expect] this. When it was time to check out, the hotel told me that there was a bill that I’m supposed to pay. I was prevented from leaving and the ticket is gone. I had to sleep on the sofa in the lobby for the night. This morning, the hotel duty manager allowed me back to my room."
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