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Breaking News: Ghana government approves Gh¢24 million World Cup budget

Published on: 17 March 2014
Ghana government has approved the budget for the Black Stars at the World Cup

Ghana's government has approved Gh¢24,677,025 as the total budget for the Blacks Stars for their participation in the World Cup in Brazil in June.

A breakdown of the total amount indicates that for the first group stage of the competition, Cabinet approved GH¢10,500,000 to the Ministry of Youth and Sports to finance Ghana's participation.

For subsequent stages of the competition, a further amount of GH¢14,177,025 has also been budgeted to cover the team's expenses if they qualify.

This brings Government commitment to the Black Stars' participation to a total of GH¢24,677,025.

"Cabinet   has   approved   the   release   of   GH¢10,500,000   to   the   Ghana   Football  Association   (GFA)   to   finance   Ghana’s   participation   in   the   first   group   stage   of   the  2014   FIFA   World   Cup   in   Brazil," a press release signed by Minister for Information & Media Relations, Mahama Ayariga read.

"A   further   amount   of   GH¢14,177,025   has   also   been  budgeted  to  cover  the  team’s  expenses  when  they  qualify  for  subsequent  stages  of  the   competition.

"This   brings   Government   commitment   to   the   Black   Stars’  participation  to  a  total  of  GH¢24,677,025."

Cabinet   has   expressed  great   confidence   in   the  Ghana  Black   Stars   and   its   technical  team   and   is   satisfied   with   the   preparations   made   so   far   towards   Ghana’s  participation  in  the  World  Cup  in  Brazil.

Every budget for Ghana'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.

This year has not been an exception.

Circling media reports had claimed the Ghana Football Association submitted a budget of around US$ 20 million to the Ministry of Youth and Sports for approval.

News of it unleashed a familiar 'Ghana is too poor' chorus and a melody of an impending malfeasance at the World Cup.

The GFA and the Minister of Sports, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah had kept silent and only assured the amount would be made public soon.

Ghana had a budget of $19 million approved for the last edition of the World Cup in South Africa in 2010 and spent only $9m.

The Black Stars reached the quarter-final stage of the competition and brought back $11m which means the country made a profit of $2m for its participation in the competition.

Do you think this approved budget will help the Black Stars at the World Cup? Do you think Ghana is too poor to finance this? Make your views known in the box below:


This article has 10 comment(s), give your comment
  • Franky says:
    March 17, 2014 08:13 am
    how can Nigeria government approved only 2 million dollars and Ghana 10 million dollars. I think is not good for the people of Ghana no water no light etc. gyan and his greedy player don't think of the country. does why stephen appiah will remain in Ghana heart forever.
  • Franky says:
    March 17, 2014 08:16 am
    their juju will not allow them to marry and see if they marry their wives control them or divorce tweeeea
  • annor clement says:
    March 17, 2014 08:37 am
  • Benny says:
    March 17, 2014 08:56 am
    Can Gyan now understand why people were mad at him when he missed the penalty against Uruguay?we are paying them . Apart from the money the players are going to rake,some of them will go on to get better contracts with other teams. I personally don't begrudge any of them for the money but the arrogance some of them display at quitting the black stars at will. There are quality players who would not make their team squad to the World Cup yet even Dauda is guaranteed a spot.With the amount this guys are taking to the World Cup,l hope they deliver.
  • genuwine says:
    March 17, 2014 09:04 am
    If Parliament approves this budget , we are all going to fast and pray that we loose all the 3 group matches , this si another avenue for NDC government to create , loot and share enterprise , all Ghanaians should not allow this to happen , not only that can let the team to win honours for the nations, it takes inspirational leaders to psych the prayers up, and how willing the players are willing to die for their motherland , and proper tactical play from the team managers , Ghana is tweaaa state , if money wins honours i dont think we deserves a place in the world cup because always the Americans ,Canada, Germany , Australia,will come first , we are a country of jokes with a Joke president , thieves God have seen you all Mahama, NDC and GFA. we will not support Ghana if you dere us and approves this day tweaaa budget.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 17, 2014 09:25 am
    Franky u r a fool..wit happens to the money FIFA also gives to the qualified nations.
  • dan says:
    March 17, 2014 09:47 am
    still its not us dollars 20 million so its ok
  • nana k says:
    March 17, 2014 10:27 am
    if this budget should be approved, then i think akwasi appiah shouldnt go to the worldcup to disgrace Ghanaians or else we need to assign a competent foreign coach to pair him as soon as possible.
  • Jibrin Mohammed Muntaka says:
    March 17, 2014 11:15 am
    Good at long last the controvertial budget is here.I don't have any grudge about the amount.Countries of similar standing have treated their players fairly but the players must b made to understand that this gesture must be reciprocated,and that it is not an Xmas gift.If I were to give my opinion I would suggest that government and players sit n come to an agrement.Government wants a semi final berth from players n players want $100K appearance feeand$18K winning bonus. Fine.Put this on paper and when the playerdelivers,the government also delivers.period.This is the only way the players can be made to die for their money
  • Danny B says:
    March 17, 2014 12:03 pm
    The approved budget is still too much for a poor country like Ghana.Remember the sports minister and The GFA president are very smart people,they cannot play with the intelligence of some of us.We demand the breakdown of this approved budget for just three matches in the group stages.Ghanaians must wake up!!! God is gonna punish all these corrupt officials,posterity will judge them.