Ghana's World Cup Committee
Ghana's World Cup Committee

Ghana’s cabinet has approved Gh?24,677,025 as the total budget for the Blacks Stars as they compete in the 2014 World Cup finals to be held in Brazil this June.

This was contained in a press release signed by Minister for Information & Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga.

A breakdown of the total amount indicates that for the first group stage of the competition, Cabinet has approved the release of GH?10,500,000 to the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to finance Ghana’s participation.

For subsequent stages of the competition, a further amount of GH?14,177,025 has also been budgeted to cover the team’s expenses if they qualify.

This brings Government commitment to the Black Stars’ participation to a total of GH?24,677,025.

Every budget for Ghana’s World Cup participation resurrects a ritual of debate over whether the amount is prudent for a one-month long competition or an overly wasteful outlay of scarce resources.

This year has not been an exception.

Circling media reports had claimed the Ghana Football Association submitted a budget of around US$ 20 million to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for approval.

News of it unleashed a familiar ‘Ghana is too poor’ chorus and a melody of an impending malfeasance at the World Cup.

 

   Ghana's World Cup Committee

Ghana’s World Cup Committee

The GFA and the Minister of Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah had kept silent and only assured the amount would be made public soon.

Ghana had a budget of US$19 million approved for the last edition of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.

In the statement, Cabinet also has expressed great confidence in the Ghana Black Stars and its technical team and said it is satisfied with the preparations made so far towards Ghana’s participation in the World Cup in Brazil.

Source Joy Sports

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