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Black Stars' budget should be sourced through sponsorship - Osarfo Marfo

Published on: 13 November 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Ex Ghana Sports Minister Yaw Osarfo-Marfo says efforts should be made to secure sponsorship to foot the enormous bill of the Black Stars.

There have been a lot of public uproar following the revelation of a staggering proposed budget of an over $7.7m for Ghana’s campaign at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The proposed budget includes a $15,000 winning bonus package – a $2,500 increment from the amount paid for winning a match at the 2012 edition in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

This has seen many Ghanaians who believe the figures are exorbitant agitate for the budget’s immediate cancellation.

But the former Sports Minister who presided over the sharp increment of bonuses paid to Black Stars players in 2005, says authorities should focus on raising the mo0nies required through sponsorship rather than expecting government to foot the bills.

“It was during our time that we introduced the winning bonus of $10,000 and this did not come from government’s budgetary allocation,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.

“We got sponsorship from Goldfields and other corporate bodies where they were furnished with the budget of the Black Stars.

“We made them understand that football was one thing on the hearts of many Ghanaians and thus the need for them to come on board to help.

“And they did. That is how we got the money to foot the Black Stars’ bills.”

“For me, it is not a case whether it is too much or not. Certainly after some years the players should see an increment in their bonuses.

“Rather we should be focusing on getting the required financial support to foot this bill rather than to debate the increase.

“I can tell you there are a lot of corporate bodies in Ghana who are capable of footing this bill with no problems at all. So that should be the focus.”

The budget also makes provision for a training camp in Abu Dhabi ahead of the tournament that kicks off in South Africa on January 19.

Ghana is drawn in Group B alongside Mali, Niger and DR Congo and will play its first match against the Congolese on January 20 in Port Elizabeth.


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  • coconutman says:
    November 14, 2012 10:21 am
    Osarfo Marfo and Kantoose are both spot on! The players deserve at least the $15000 winning bonus. The money should come from private sector sponsorship so there is no debate about the government paying too much. This is the 21st century and the Ghana Black Stars are a World class team. There are companies that will be willing to sign a contract to sponsor the team both local or international companies. In Ghana there is Ashanti Gold, Guiness or international companies like Adidas, Nike etc. Osarfo Marfo is saying that it has been done before, this is not something new. If the Black Stars win the tournament they will bag a big sum of money and the bonus can be deducted from that sum by the FA and the Ministry of Sports or the sponsors will pay the bonus and this whole debate about money will be a moot point. The talk of money is a distraction, Ghanaians should be talking about how soon the final squad can be assembled so the can start playing together. January is just around the corner, there is not much time.
  • kantoose says:
    November 14, 2012 08:06 am
    khastro and nameless you guys should think before commenting. fools, you think football is like playing ludo or oware. you think football is a board game. you guys want to be known as africa's soccer powerhouse, you also want international football respect. but paying just $15000 as winning bonus is a debate. you think soccer players are bums? sports is a huge paying game because sports men career is unpredictable and it can be shortlived and it is physically difficult day in day out. making it in sports at top level is equal to getting rich. face it. if we invest in our football our football can even take care of itself. infact if we take care of our football it can take care of us. Go to Italy, Spain or Greece, even when their economy is low, soccer players are getting heavy money because the game is capable of taking care of itself. It’s all about marketing and planning. Pay them $20,000 per win. you know the benefits other soccer nations pay their players? nobody knows because it is not even a problem for discussion. pay them more!
  • Khastro says:
    November 14, 2012 05:47 am
  • Alfred says:
    November 13, 2012 09:01 pm
    Lack of of knowledge these Ndc people will make ghana perish
  • Nameless says:
    November 13, 2012 09:37 pm
    If the sport minister should approve this gangatuan budget we are going to organise a demostration what nonsens.