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No appearance fee will be paid from approved World Cup budget - Government spokesman Mahama Ayariga

Published on: 17 March 2014
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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.


This article has 2 comment(s), give your comment
  • boro says:
    March 17, 2014 07:13 pm
    This should not be the problem but that amount should be based on a target clearly set out for the entire team, for instance paying that money only if they take us to the semifinals or the finals. If they fail they lose all or maybe we can negotiate for a lesser fee but it should not be blanket. After all it is in their interest to be part of this football fiesta which not many players get the opportunity to represent their nation and most recent example is Laryea Kingston who has not forgotten the dream of still playing in the world cup. Although that dream has long disserted him. The world cup stages is the biggest stage to compete with the best of the world and as we all know not many players are able to stay in form to participate more than once due to age cheating especially in Africa. The players also stand the chance of benefiting after a good show because most of these players have their contracts improved as well as getting better offers from bigger teams. So I agree to the quoted fee but should be on condition that they take us to the semi-final stage or risk losing all, period!!!!!!!!!!
  • Nigga says:
    March 18, 2014 06:33 am
    You guys are Tweeeaaa,u can't just beat ordinary montenegro nd u wanna reach semi-final of world cup? Mutchew