Ghana rewards U20s with cash & cars

ACCRA - The Ghana team that became the first African nation to win the world under-20 championship in Egypt last month are to be rewarded with a $750,000 package, President John Atta Mills said on Thursday.

The "Black Satellites" beat pre-tournament favourites and four-times winners Brazil 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw after extra time.

The package includes a Toyota saloon car to each player, squad member and coaching personnel.

In addition to the cars, the team will receive cash rewards, from the government and also from private donors.

The cash reward includes 10,000 cedis ($6,900) each in Ghana's 10-15 year bonds - in itself over twice the average annual salary of a Ghanaian public sector worker.