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Ghana Defends $3 Million Soccer Plane as Player Kisses Cash

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said flying $3 million to the nation’s soccer team was “necessary” even as a defender filmed kissing the cash helped send the team out of the World Cup with an own goal.

Mahama, whose government relied on the central bank to pay its bills last quarter, sent a jet with more than $3 million to Brasilia to prevent a possible boycott of yesterday’s game against Portugal. Defender John Boye can be seen kissing a stack of money in a hotel after it arrived by armed escort, according to Rio de Janeiro-based Globo TV. Boye scored an own-goal in the game yesterday as Ghana, whose team is known as the Black Stars at home, lost 2-1.