By Ameenu Shardow
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Ghana’s Minister of Information Mahama Ayariga says the approved budget for the 2014 World Cup does not include the payment of an appearance fee moments after Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah had revealed an amount of $75,000 will be paid to the players at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Reports were rife that the Black Stars players had demanded a payment of a staggering $100,000 to each member of the team as appearance fee before taking part in the tournament in Brazil.
Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah however revealed that government had agreed to pay $75,000 – the same amount paid to the players at the last World Cup in South Africa.
The payment of an appearance fee according to the government spokesperson Maham Ayariga was however not factored into the $9.8m approved budget for Ghana’s participation at the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
“We do not deal with appearance fees. That is an issue with FIFA,” Mahama Ayariga told Metro FM.
“It is FIFA that pays appearance fees not government.”
Ghanaian players were paid $50,000 as an appearance fee in their maiden participation at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
This figure was increased to $75,000 in the last World Cup four years ago in South Africa.
It however unclear whether these amounts were paid from government chest for from FIFA.