Ghana President Akufo-Addo has announced a $350,000 cash reward for the Black Satellites team who clinched the 2021 Africa U-20 Cup of Nations title in Mauritania.

The president met the players, technical team and management team on Tuesday at the Jubilee House in Accra to officially congratulate them for their “big achievement which brought a lot of joy to the hearts of all our people”.

The U-20 team won the trophy for the fourth time in their history following a 2-0 win over debutants Uganda on the country’s 64th birthday.

Akufo-Addo announced that each member of the team will receive $10,000. He, however, revealed that $5,000 will be made available to them now.

“We have a package for you which will enable you to receive the gratitude of the nation. It is a token but it’s something to tell you how very happy Ghanaians are with what you have done. Each one of the team is receiving $10,000 from the government.”

“The decision has been made that the $10,000, you will get $5,000 of it in cash and $5,000 is going to be invested for you over the next 10 years so that you have something also to look forward to,” Akufo-Addo told the contingent led by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) boss Kurt Okraku.

Akufo-Addo also personally gave four outstanding members of the team $5,000 each. They are coach Karim Zito, captain Daniel Afriyie – whose two goals in the final secured the trophy, Ibrahim Danland – who was adjudged the best goalkeeper and the competition’s best player, Fatawu Isshaku.