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Soccer News of Tuesday, 18 July 2006

Source: Graphic

Doya?s ?730m Bill

The failure of successive FAs to acquire a permanent place of residence for the national team coach continues to be a drain on the resources of the country.

For the 18 months that departed Black Stars coach, Ratomir Dujkovic, took up residence at the plush M Plaza Hotel at Roman Ridge in Accra, the FA rolled up a bill of ?730 million, of which $50,000 is still outstanding.

Coach Dujkovic handed the Ghana Football Association a shock resignation last week, leaving the government to grapple with the headache of how to settle the bill for his upkeep during his tenure as the technical head of the senior national soccer team.

The amount represents expenditure on his hotel bills since December 2004.

It excludes expenditure on his meals, which sources quoted as ranging between ?108,000 and ?135,000 daily at the conservative rate of ?9,000 per dollar, and the over ?2.4 billion spent on his salary during the period.

According to Graphic Sports sources, ?1.35 million ($150) was spent each night on his accommodation at the M Plaza at a discount for an Executive Double which normally attracts $250 (approximately, ?2.25million per night).

But the source was quick to add that meals provided were always at the request of the coach which was not regular.

Before the arrival of Doya, all his predecessors had put up at Adwoa Wangara following an agreement between the FA and the management of Wangara Hotel, namely coaches Milan Zivadinovic, Ralf Zumdick and Mariano Barreto, who was eventually ejected from the premises under unclear circumstances.

Consequently, M Plaza became the next home for the Black Stars expatriate coaches.

Beside the comfort of the hotel accommodation, the Serbian left with a fabulous bank account swelled up by $350,000 paid to him by the Ghana Football Association as part of the $450,000 which Ghana agreed to pay him if he led the Stars to qualify for the World Cup.

The compensation for qualification was part of the two-year contract which is expected to end in December.

A GFA source told the Graphic Sports that $100,000 of the amount was yet to be paid the coach, but it appears that the FA might withhold the amount for reasons caused by Doya himself.

By his decision to quit the job without the required three months prior notice, Doya, according to the terms of his contract, will have to forfeit three months of his $15,000 monthly salary, which would be deducted from the $100,000.

The coach, according to the source, is owing the football association $60,000 paid to him as loans to settle some domestic exigencies which he has left unserviced.

This could leave the coach with just $10,000 which will come from his June salary which is still outstanding.