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Black Stars' 2013 AFCON cash delayed by Finance Ministry

Published on: 31 December 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Ghana's Sports Ministry is yet to take delivery of the money from the approved budget of the Black Stars for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Sports Ministry had forwarded a letter of approval from the Presidency for the revised budget of Ghana's campaign at the Nations Cup three weeks ago to the Finance Ministry but is yet to get a favorable response.

The Sports Ministry as a result is racing against time to have the cash ready before the Black Stars travel on Friday for their intensive pre-tournament camp in Abu Dhabi.

GHANAsoccernet.com also understands President John Mahama will be dissolving cabinet in a few days time upon his return from South Africa.

This puts even more pressure on the Ministry of Sports as they are racing against time on two fronts; to meet the Black Stars' departure and the imminent dissolution of cabinet.

It is however unclear why the approved budget is being delayed since it has received approval from the highest office of the land.

The Ghana FA had presented a budget close to $8m to the Sports Ministry for Ghana's campaign at the 2013 Nations Cup.

This figure is however believed to have been slashed following a revision of the budget by both parties after enduring an intense media uproar over sections of the proposed expenditure.

The Black Stars will be leaving for Abu Dhabi on Friday where they will be playing two friendly games against Egypt and Tunisia.

The team is expected to arrive in South Africa on January 16 ahead of their first group game four days later against DR Congo.

Ghana will be hoping to end a 31-year-wait for an African title by the time the tournament kicks off on January 19.

Comments

  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 31, 2012 09:14 pm
    HOW MUCH DID U GIVE TO U17 MAIDENS FOR MAKING HISTORY? BUT U GIVE 8 MIL TO GH MENS TEAM. TWEAAAA. FOOLS! SCHOOLS UNDER TREES N MISPLACED PRIORITIES
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    December 31, 2012 09:12 pm
    The Ghana FA had presented a budget close to $8m to the Sports Ministry for Ghana’s campaign at the 2013 Nations Cup. 8MILLION FOR WAT? HW3, WE HVE THINGS IN GH DATS NEED HELP. 8 MILLION FOR 1 TEAM IS VERY VERY STUPID. THE TEAM SHOULD JUS CAAMMP LOCALLY OR IN THE NORTH FOR ALTITUDE. WE ALWAYS WASTE MONEY N ACT LIKE ANIMALS. WE R SUPPOSED TO BE GOING THR TO WIN THE TROPHY N MORE CASH, NOT WASTING THE LIL WE HVE....HOW MUCH DID ZAMBIA, EGYPT N TUNISIA WASTE BEFORE WINNING THEIR TROPHIES? NYATAKYI MUST LEAVE. IDIOT!
  • Fiifi says:
    December 31, 2012 06:55 pm
    As usual "chop and quench", "money na hand...." I think the ministry wants to practice "exchange is no robbery" tactics! "BRING CUP , I GIVE YOU MONEY" Those in charge should however know, some of the money is urgently needed for various arrangements, so please make it waaa waa , I beg!!!! Some of the people in the team and delegation need to give out "chop money" before they leave oooooo!!!
  • Dr Who says:
    December 31, 2012 06:23 pm
    Whoever is responsible for whatever should do everything to make everybody in the football circles happy.If we fail to plan we plan to fail.
  • dadaba gonshots says:
    December 31, 2012 05:16 pm
    WHY Abu Dhabi? and Not somewhere southern hemisphere?
  • afu says:
    January 01, 2013 02:24 am
    Don't tell us we're cash srapped.
  • afu says:
    January 01, 2013 04:33 am
    Pliz win this cup 4 us...no this nd that okay!!
  • ndoondoo says:
    January 01, 2013 10:29 pm
    Oh, bcos it is not woyome eh, you are delaying payment,20mil euros plus 2 orders not to pay from prez, guess what, the ministry of finance paid the money. 8mil dollars for an important tournament like the AFCON and what? I tell you, as for this country of ours, if you want to follow issues, u will get stroke at an early age.fire burn them!!!!!!!!!!!!