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African EPL Star To Pay For Ghana Player Flights

In what must go down as one of the strangest rows in African football, an African Premier League star is paying for his Ghana teammates' flights because the country's sports ministry refuses to cover the costs.

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The Black Stars, who have already secured qualification for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, have been forced to pay for their own flight tickets because Ghana sports minister Nii Lante Vanderpuye is not prepared to pay for the overseas-based players travel costs.

He has insisted that national team coach Avram Grant should only select local players in order for his ministry to save some travel money, according to

Grant had named a 23-man squad, including several overseas-based players, and while some of them are struggling to cover their own airfares, injured vice-captain Andre Ayew is reportedly assisting his colleagues.

"Andre Ayew promises to pay for the tickets of all the foreign-based players invited for the game who do not have the financial strength to do so themselves," Ibrahim Sannie Daara, communications director of the Ghana FA, told Happy FM.

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Ghana face Rwanda in their final Afcon qualifier on Friday, and will hope to continue their unbeaten run after starting with four wins and one draw.

Do you think Ghana's sports ministry should help pay for national team players' flights? Have your say in the comments section below.

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