Ghana’s World Cup bonus saga to get the Hollywood treatment

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There was a decent chance that Ghana would have boycotted their final group stage match against Portugal had they failed to receive their $100,000 World Cup bonuses. The threat was so serious that the country’s president stepped in and sent a plane to Brazil to have the cash delivered to the players in person.

The players got their money and Ghana did play their final World Cup match, a 2-1 loss to Portugal. Now, their story could be appearing on a movie screen near you sometime in the future. 

According to The Wrap, director Darryl Wharton-Rigby has written a treatment called “Wall Pass,” a soccer-themed thriller about the Ghana bonus saga with a little touch of Hollywood added to it. 

From The Wrap:

Wharton-Rigby's script will follow a courier who's tasked with bringing $3 million to an African soccer team, which refuses to play until its paid — in cash. Things go awry when the courier is ambushed on the way to make the drop, leaving him less than 12 hours to recover the stolen money. 

Hopefully the script includes the fall-out from the bonus row which saw Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and his deputy Joseph Yamin fired, not to mention Kevin Prince-Boateng and Sulley Muntari getting sent home before the Portugal match for separate incidents within the team’s camp. You know, just to add even more drama to the movie.