By Patrick Akoto
Ex-Ghana FA chief MND Jawula has hit back at critics who have questioned the approved budget for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, describing them as ‘noise-makers’.
Massive uproar greeted the approved $9.4million budget for the global showpiece in Brazil.
Critics wasted no time in lambasting the Ministry of Sports for approving what they claim is a huge figure for a developing nation like Ghana.
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 and 2014 was no exception.
But outspoken former Ghana FA chairman, MND Jawula says the criticism are misplaced.
“I don’t understand the noise that has generated the World Cup budget,” he said
“I hear people comparing us to USA and others. What is the evidence that US has approved $2 million for the World Cup?
“Some people will just sit at the comfort of their homes and make baseless accusations without facts.
“I describe such people as ‘noise-makers’. People talk as if people at the FA are hiding something.
“It’s an open and transparent process where all stakeholders are privy to information. You cannot hide anything.
“We should focus on the tournament and stop these unnecessary discussions.”
Current FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi has been accused by a section of the media of bloating figures in the 2014 World Cup budget - a claim which is yet to be substantiated.
Many high-profile personalities including Stephen Appiah and Tony Baffoe have insisted the players are worth every penny that they are given.