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2014 World Cup: Five Hundred supporters to make trip to Brazil from Friday

Published on: 09 June 2014
Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah addressing the press conference

By Ameenu Shardow

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The Sports Ministry have made provision for 500 hundred supporters to travel to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup with a high possibility of a rise in this number as the competition progresses.

This was confirmed by Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah at a press conference on Monday to address teething issues over the airlifting of supporters to Brazil.

Reports are rife that the Ministry was unable to gather enough resources from alternative sources following government’s decision not to sponsor supporters for the World Cup which is now three days away.

The Ministry had backed on a campaign to raise funds from alternative sources through several initiatives including a text and win promotion, the use of high profile personalities and auctioning of Black Stars replica jersey autographed by the President John Mahama.

But reports suggested the Ministry was finding it difficult to pay service providers for the airlifting and accommodation of supporters for the World Cup.

But the Minister denied these reports, insisting funds have been secured to airlift 500 supporters to Brazil starting from this weekend, with a likely possibility add ups as the tournament progresses.

“How many supporters, as at today, I can confirm 500,” Elvis Afriyie Ankrah said at the press conference.

“I mentioned that as at today, we are still redeeming pledges and therefore there is the possibility that the number rises.

“I am confident that we will be able to go beyond this number but then I can confirm 500.

“We are preparing to airlift supporter to Brazil on the 13th, 14th and 15th of June.”

This means the Black Stars will have their support intact by the time they take to the field in their opening group game against USA on June 16 in Natal.


This article has 4 comment(s), give your comment
  • Kofi Mossi says:
    June 09, 2014 09:18 pm
    Will the Minister for Youth and Sports organize supporters and ambassadors for the commonwealth games, women's u20 world cup and other international sporting events? Will he also make trips to secure hotel accommodation for all the supporters at the other sporting events. The minister has now become a travel and tour agent and the senior protocol officer at the ministry of youth and sports.!!!! Bottom line is this gentleman and his team including Adu Asare and Yaw Ampofo Ankrah are all making lots of money out this venture. that is the only reason why the minister has forgotten that hi job description and schedule is not about the Black Stars only. It is about YOUTH and SPORTS for crying out LOUD!!!!!
  • Edem says:
    June 09, 2014 10:59 pm
    Come on now. This is good news. Being a Ghanaian living in Canada, I love seeing my fellow countrymen at the World Cup. Yes, it's too bad this can't be done for all tournaments. But the fact remains this is good for the players, this is good for Ghana's reputation as a soccer nation on the world stage. We can't complain there is not enough being done every day and not sound like a broken record. Bring the whole nation and let's show the world FIFA can shove 37th football ranking up thier asses when we beat #2,3,&14.
  • KWEKU BONSAM says:
    June 09, 2014 08:52 pm
    as ghana 's witchdoctore is cncerned as is ghhana
  • Jo says:
    June 09, 2014 10:59 pm
    Do we have to criticise every initiative a leader takes? This is why some leaders in Ghana sit without taking up any initiative. Let's at least acknowledge effort. Not all politicians are bad. I like the sports minister because he is an action man. He should be encouraged. Well, I am not surprised. Even Jesus Christ was condemned.