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 â€˜noise-makersâ€™.
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 Ghanaâ€™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.
â€œI donâ€™t understand the noise that has generated the World Cup budget,â€ he said
â€œI hear people comparing us to USA and others. What is the evidence that US has approved $2 million for the World Cup?
â€œSome people will just sit at the comfort of their homes and make baseless accusations without facts.
â€œI describe such people as â€˜noise-makersâ€™. People talk as if people at the FA are hiding something.
â€œItâ€™s an open and transparent process where all stakeholders are privy to information. You cannot hide anything.
â€œWe should focus on the tournament and stop these unnecessary discussions.â€
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.